Superintendent Hiring Update

West Fork Community School District

Superintendent Hiring Update

The West Fork School Board recently meet in closed session with Dr. Trent Grundmeyer and
Roger Wilcox, Search Consultant for Grundmeyer Leader Services. The community survey was
shared with the school board which resulted in 187 total responses. The survey conveyed many
strengths for the district as well as areas of improvement. The data also uncovered what
community and district stakeholders are looking for in the new district superintendent. The top
desired qualifications for the new superintendent were identified as:

 Effectively manages district resources
 Builds community and school relations
 Ability to lead school improvement efforts
 Is approachable and open-minded
 Brings out success in others
 Demonstrates Integrity

The candidate pool for the superintendent position was also presented to the board. The
application period resulted in 16 total applications. Eleven candidates had a specialist degree
while 2 candidates had a terminal degree (EdD/PhD). Seven candidates had 6 or more years of
district leadership experience and 5 candidates were from outside the State of Iowa.

After a thorough review of the candidate pool, 6 candidates were chosen as semi-finalists. The
search consultants are setting up screening interviews with all semi-finalists for May 30th. The
screening interviews will include electronic interviews with 9 questions during 30-minute time
slots with each semi-finalist.

After the screening interviews, the board will select 3 candidates to interview in person on
Tuesday, June 4 th. Stakeholders from both the district and community will soon be contacted to
serve on interview teams and provide the board feedback about the finalists.

The school board will consider feedback from the formal interview teams as they decide who
will be the new district superintendent. The new superintendent will officially begin their duties
on July 1, 2019. In the event none of the candidates are identified as the right fit to serve the
district as a long-term superintendent, the board will consider interim superintendent options.

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