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Joe Hill gets superintendent job in Sartell-St. Stephen

Joe Hill, a former principal at Jefferson High School, was selected for the superintendent position in Sartell-St. Stephen. (Echo Press file photo)

The Sartell-St. Stephen School Board has selected former Jefferson High School (JHS) principal Joe Hill as the district's next superintendent, pending the completion of negotiations.

Hill, 41, served as JHS principal from 2002 to 2007. Before that, he was the assistant principal of Discovery Middle School from 1999-2002. Hill, who grew up in Alexandria and graduated from JHS, also taught school in Willmar.

He left the Alexandria job in July 2007 to become assistant superintendent in Duluth.

"A site visit to Duluth Public Schools on Monday affirmed Dr. Hill's strong leadership abilities and his exceptional visionary approach to education," an announcement on the district's Web site read. "He will be an excellent match with our school district's culture and mission."

The Sartell-St. Stephen district has more than 3,400 students and is the fastest-growing school system in the St. Cloud region.

Dale Gasser, the current superintendent, is retiring after serving the district for five years.