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New administrators appointed in District 518

Worthington Independent School District 518 has hired three new administrators for its schools, the district announced Monday.

Doug Brands, currently the Learning Center, VIBE and Edge/Target Services principal, has been named as Worthington High School’s assistant principal. Brands moves into the role that had been occupied by Tony Hastings, who was named WHS principal last month. Current WHS Principal Josh Noble had earlier been appointed the district’s director of instruction.

Also Monday, the district announced the hiring of Toni Baartman as Worthington Middle School’s principal. Baartman is currently K-4 principal for Pipestone Area Schools and served as assistant principal at Prairie Elementary in Worthington prior to leaving for Pipestone Area. She will replace Jeff Luke, who recently announced his retirement.

Casey Hertz, currently a Worthington Middle School science teacher and coach, has been named as assistant principal at the middle school. Current Assistant Principal Brett Parish has taken a job in the Fulda school district.

Two interview committees interviewed eight candidates on Thursday and Friday for the assistant high school principal, middle school principal and middle school assistant principal positions. The candidates were from the region and internal staff members.

The new administrators will start in their new posts this summer, with Baartman joining the district on July 1 and Brands and Hertz assuming their new duties on Aug. 1.




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