Devine staying put in Waconia

Waconia schools’ superintendent is not going anywhere.

In mid-February, Pat Devine announced that he had been recruited by Edina Public Schools as a candidate to take over for retiring Edina superintendent Ric Dressen. Devine was one of six candidates.

The Edina school board conducted a first round of in-person interviews last week. The group was narrowed, and Devine was informed by the search firm that he would not be continuing in the process.

“I sent out an email to staff as soon as I found out and said that I’m very happy that I didn’t move on in the process,” Devine said. “As I have said all along, my wife Kathy and I absolutely love it here in Waconia. The idea of potentially leaving was a tough reality to think about. But now, I don’t have to think about it because we are staying here.”

Devine said that the outpouring of support he received from the community was remarkable.

“I can’t tell you how many people have congratulated me for not getting the job. It was an honor to be considered for that position but this is home,” Devine said. “Now we move forward together to help our students continue exploring their passions and creating their success. We are ONE10!”