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Forum staff reports, Published May 13 2010

Hillsboro hires principal as superintendent

The Hillsboro (N.D.) School Board didn’t have to go far to find an administrator to succeed Superintendent Mike Bitz, who is leaving June 30.

It hired current Hillsboro Elementary School Principal Paula Pederson.

She was offered the job Tuesday evening, after the board interviewed five finalists. Eleven people had applied for the job.

Pederson is a Grafton, N.D., native who has been Hillsboro Elementary principal for the past three years. Before that, she spent three years with the Northwood (N.D.) School District, the first two as principal, the last year as both principal and superintendent.