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Wilde to head Bemidji Area Schools’ special education

BEMIDJI -- A former Blackduck elementary school principal is set to head Bemidji Area Schools’ special education services this year.

Lexie WildeSchool board members here are expected to formally hire Lexie Wilde to be the district’s new director of special education. She’s been on the job since Aug. 5 and is replacing Stephanie Hubbard, who moved to Wisconsin for a superintendent job there this summer.

Wilde said she’s not sure what sort of changes she might make at Bemidji Area Schools.

“Right now, I'm listening,” Wilde told the Pioneer. “I'm listening to the cabinet, I'm listening to the principals, I'm listening to the teachers and just trying to understand what direction they have and what goals they want to see their district go.”

Wilde has a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Bemidji State University, and completed her administrative requirements at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.

She taught special ed at Clearbrook-Gonvick School for six years, and later was a dean at Blackduck for one year and an elementary principal there another, last year. Wilde’s salary at Bemidji Area Schools will be $131,592 this fiscal year.

Joe Bowen

Joe Bowen covers education (mostly K-12) and American Indian affairs for the Bemidji Pioneer.

He's from Minneapolis, earned a degree from the College of St. Benedict - St. John's University in 2009, and worked at the Perham Focus near Detroit Lakes and Sun Newspapers in suburban Minneapolis before heading to the Pioneer.

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