Final Gering superintendent candidate interviewed

Bob Hastings says he wants to build an environment with the Gering school district and the community that allows a consensus on the direction the district should be heading and creates solutions to the district's issues. Hastings, Director of Teaching and Learning at Norfolk and a former Scottsbluff principal, was the fourth and final candidate to compete interviews for the Gering superintendent position.

Hastings told KNEB News in his first 100 days he would try to receive as much input as possible before making any decision on the priorities he believes the district should have. Hastings says it is important to have the teachers understanding the district's mission because they are the "people the patrons believe."

Hastings says the budget, even in difficult times like now, should reflect the district's goal setting process, and have funds targeted to those priorities. He says communication should include all forms of media, including the district's website and social media. Hastings say the curriculum should integrate technology, and while he admits getting good scores on the state's standard tests is important, the district has to remember to "educate the whole child" and not just to the tests.

Hastings is married with three children. The youngest is five years old and was adopted by the family after they were involved as foster parents.

The school board will meet Friday afternoon to assess the applicants, but the board is not expected to make an announcement on a tentative contract agreement with anyone until early next week.

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