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Oster named Sioux Valley superintendent

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 2nd, 2011


Tom Oster


• Former education secretary to take reins June 30





A former state Secretary of Education is the new superintendent at Sioux Valley Schools in Volga.

Tom Oster of Pierre will replace current Superintendent Dean Johnson, who is retiring effective June 30. Johnson has served Sioux Valley for 10 years.

Former Gov. Mike Rounds appointed Oster to the position of Education Secretary in October 2008. He ended his term with Rounds in December 2010.

Prior to his state office, Oster was superintendent of Avon schools from 1999 through 2008. He also served as Avon High School Secondary Principal from 1991-99.

He began his career as a teacher and taught social science and physical education, government, history, geography, psychology, sociology, civics and health at Frederick High School.

Oster holds a specialist degree in education from the University of South Dakota. He has a master’s degree in administration and a bachelor’s degree in education from Northern State University.

He and his wife, Lori, have three children, Tiffany, Matt, and Adam.



College search finalist

Oster, who will assume his new duties July 1, was also a finalist for the presidency of Mount Marty College.

Twenty-one applicants for the Sioux Valley job were narrowed to a final four. Also in the running for the position were Jim Altenburg, superintendent at De Smet; Mike Ruth, superintendent at Miller High School; and Pat Mikkonen, superintendent at Mt. Vernon.

The search continues to fill Business Manager Ardith Van Beek’s position. Van Beek announced her retirement last summer after 35 years with Sioux Valley.

D&M Consulting Services, a firm that specializes in school administration searches, has been helping in the selection process. Nine applications have been received for Van Beek’s job. Two of those candidates will be interviewed on March 11 and her successor should be named by mid-March.

– From staff reports












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