(507) 477-3235 9 Sixth Ave SE, Hayfield, MN 55940

Mr. Hecimovich

Mr. Hecimovich

Parents, Guardians & Students

The first week back in over 24-years was terrific! Hayfield Community Schools is where my administrative career began as principal of both Brownsdale and Hayfield Elementary Schools. I replaced Mike Meyers in 1997.

Mr. Slaathaug and the school board brought me onboard as the interim 6-12 principal to bridge the remaining 5-months of this school year. My goal as an administrator is to build positive relationships with students, staff and families. I am firm, but fair. Excuses are best left at the doorway as responsibility, honesty and honor should be the rule and guide of our lives. This is applicable to students, staff, families and me. Errors in judgment occur, but it is what we learn from those errors that is important.

The Mesabi Iron Range (Bovey/Coleraine) is where my story begins. At the age of five, our family moved to Bangkok, Thailand and lived there for 2-years. My father worked for the State Department in Vietnam. Upon our return, we settled in Austin, Minnesota, where I graduated from high school.

The military paralleled my professional career for over three decades. I served on active and reserve duty, retiring from the Army Reserves in 2014. My last duty assignment was Command Sergeant Major for a Military Police Battalion in Maryland. Service included infantry, engineers and military police.

Post-high school education included Austin Community College, Bemidji State University and Mankato State University. Teaching/administrative assignments include:
Elementary Teacher (Kasson-Mantorville Public Schools) – 1988-1997
Elementary Principal (Hayfield Community Schools) – 1997-1999
Elementary Principal (Barnum Public Schools) – 1999-2001
Elementary & High School Principal/Superintendent (Kingsland Public Schools) – 2001-2022.
My wife passed from cancer 9-months ago. She blessed me with two daughters, both Hayfield graduates, and I have seven grandchildren. Life is good!


James N. Hecimovich
6-12 Principal – Interim
Hayfield High School