Former ISD 917 Superintendent Mark Zuzek will join the Hastings School Board after winning the Nov. 8 special election.
Zuzek comfortably defeated his opponents Todd Kullman and Pam Onnen by drawing 7,584 votes, good for 52.22% of the electors. Kullman finished in second, garnering 5,372 votes, while Onnen received 1,519 of the votes.
In the Hastings Candidate Forum held for the special election, Zuzek staked his candidacy on his vast leadership experience, particularly as a superintendent in charge of a $50 million budget, and his commitment to fostering diversity, equity and inclusion in the public school system.
The special election was held to replace former Hastings School Board member Mike Reis, who ultimately resigned in response to a censure placed on him by the school board. Zuzek’s term will begin on the first Monday in January 2023 and will end on the first Monday of January 2026.