Newell-Fonda makes offer to applicant for superintendent

Thursday, March 25, 2004

The search for a school superintendent to lead the Newell-Fonda school district is beginning to wind down after the district made an offer to one of its applicants.

According to Newell-Fonda school board president Jim Wernimont, the school board has been directed to maintain confidentiality concerning the applicant's name until a decision is made.

"We've made an offer but have been advised not to disclose his name at this time," Wernimont said Monday. "But I will say it is one of the following four: Dennis Heiman, a Muscatine high school principal; Steve Callison, of Norway who is a K-6 principal at Benton; John Spear, principal of Independence High School; and Mark Pollich of Garwin, a junior high and senior high principal in the GMG school district."

The school board interviewed the applicants during the weeks of March 8 and 15 for the position with a salary range of $70,000 to $80,000.

Wernimont said the board has been helped out in the search process by the firm of McPherson & Jacobson, L.L.C., which carries out executive recruitment and development services and specializes in superintendent searches for boards of education.

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