Baesler elected North Dakota school superintendentBISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The president of the Mandan school board has been elected as North Dakota's school superintendent.
By: Associated Press, The Jamestown Sun
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The president of the Mandan school board has been elected as North Dakota's school superintendent.
Kirsten Baesler (KEER'-stun BAYZ'-lur) defeated Tracy Potter on Tuesday in the race for superintendent of public instruction. Baesler will replace Wayne Sanstead, who is retiring after 28 years in the job.
The 43-year-old Baesler is assistant director of the state School Boards Association and a former assistant principal in Bismarck's public schools. She also is president of Mandan's school board.
The 62-year-old Potter is director of a foundation that maintains the Fort Abraham Lincoln state historic site near Mandan. He served one term in the North Dakota Senate and left in 2010 to make an unsuccessful run for the U.S. Senate.
The superintendent's office is officially nonpartisan. Baesler is Republican, and Potter is a Democrat.