Hastings Catholic Schools is searching for a sixth- through 12th-grade principal at St. Cecilia Middle/High School for the 2020-21 academic year.

Sandy VanCura, current principal, is retiring after 40 years with Hastings Catholic Schools. VanCura’s first teaching position out of college was at St. Cecilia. She also served as the assistant middle school principal and the assistant principal at the high school. She has been in her current position for five years.

The Rev. Thomas Brouillette, Hastings Catholic Schools chief administrative officer, said VanCura has been a supportive part of Hastings Catholic Schools and St. Cecilia with her organizational ability and work ethic.

“One of Sandy’s great attributes is her loyalty: to the school as an educator and witness to our Catholic Christian faith, and to our families by her commitment and dedication to HCS and St. Cecilia,” Brouillette said.

Hastings Catholic Schools is in the midst of the search for a new principal. Candidates will be interviewed by a selection committee, then will make recommendations to the administration.

Brouillette said the school’s Unity Board, local pastors, faculty, the Catholic Diocese of Lincoln and the selection committee will be involved in the process.

The future principal may oversee some facility renovations, according to an early version of the job listing on the Hastings Catholic Schools website.

Brouillette said Hastings Catholic Schools is conducting a strategic planning process that will end in May. The process includes conducting a feasibility study for a campaign for a facilities project, an endowed fund for teacher compensation, and raises for the future.

Brouillette said school leaders are waiting on the feasibility study before any actions are taken.

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