HPS new superintendent talks goals, budget

HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Hastings Public Schools named Jeff Schneider their new superintendent and Local4 sat down with him Friday to discuss his new position.

Schneider has been working with HPS for most of his career. He started as a teacher, then moved to principal, then into administration.
He says he will be working closely with the board to overcome budget issues and other important topics.

“Well I think one of our biggest challenges is funding,” Schneider said. “So our hope is that we can find a way to stabilize our funding and that's going to be one of our top priorities. We also need to look at facilities. We have had so many improvements thanks to the wonderful community support over the last 12 years. But we've got one more building to go, we need to address Morton Elementary.”

There will be budget talks with the board to find ways to balance amid shortcomings. Schneider wants to look for ways to continue to improve education for students.

“We're going to try to have a very narrow approach that is very specifically focused and hopefully an approach that staff that feels is practical and doable given all the challenges they face,” Schneider said.

Current Superintendent Craig Kautz will be retiring in June and Schneider intends to learn as much as he can from Kautz before he leaves.