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New super hired

Carrie Moore
Published: Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Monday, Dec. 16, the Custer School District Board of Education selected an interim superintendent to serve for the rest of the school year. 
John Pedersen of Pierre was named interim superintendent after being interviewed by the board and district administrators. 
“I love education. I love the process, I love being involved with the students, families, teachers and other professionals,” he said. “I believe Custer is a successful school. I’ve learned through the years that there is no greater honor than being a part of a successful school system.”
Pedersen has served as a school superintendent in South Dakota for 26 years in four various-sized school districts, including Harrisburg, Chester, Beresford and Pierre. He was also executive director of the School Administrators of South Dakota from 2007-12, as well as a high school teacher and principal. Currently, Pedersen is a lobbyist for the United School Association Group in Pierre.
“My plan was to retire in the summer of 2012, but I was offered the opportunity to lobby on behalf of many South Dakota schools during the past legislative session,” he said. “I represented 102 schools, with Custer being one of our members.

Monday, Dec. 16, the Custer School District Board of Education selected an interim superintendent to serve for the rest of the school year. 

John Pedersen of Pierre was named interim superintendent after being interviewed by the board and district administrators. 

“I love education. I love the process, I love being involved with the students, families, teachers and other professionals,” he said. “I believe Custer is a successful school. I’ve learned through the years that there is no greater honor than being a part of a successful school system.”

Pedersen has served as a school superintendent in South Dakota for 26 years in four various-sized school districts, including Harrisburg, Chester, Beresford and Pierre. He was also executive director of the School Administrators of South Dakota from 2007-12, as well as a high school teacher and principal. Currently, Pedersen is a lobbyist for the United School Association Group in Pierre.

“My plan was to retire in the summer of 2012, but I was offered the opportunity to lobby on behalf of many South Dakota schools during the past legislative session,” he said. “I represented 102 schools, with Custer being one of our members.

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