Listening will be Job #1
The new superintendent for Sioux Central School District will bring a wealth of financial and fundraising expertise to the district.
Steve Callison, administrator for Marquette Academy in Davenport, will assume the duties of retiring Superintendent Dr. Bonnie Meier July 1. Callison has worked at the private, nonprofit, inner-city elementary mission school for the past year, working to align services with finances.
Callison also has a long history of public school projects in which his focus was "being a facilitator and working collaboratively."
Callison, who received his bachelor's and specialist degrees from Iowa State University and his master's from the University of Northern Iowa, looks forward to taking the helm at Sioux Central. Dr. Meier, who is retiring at the end of this school year, gave the Board of Education a full year to find her replacement.
"It's just a great place to be a superintendent there," Callison said.
Callison sees a dual advantage in Sioux Central's size in that it is small enough so "creativity isn't stifled" and yet "they're big enough to do the things that larger schools can do."
Callison sees Sioux Central's strong numbers as a parental stamp of approval for its quality education.
"That to me is an indicator of a quality school," Callison said. "They are a school that has a positive open enrollment flow."
From the first time he stepped into the door during the initial interviewing process, Callison said he had a positive impression of Sioux Central. He sees no reason to reinvent the wheel as he comes on board.
"I want to spend a lot of time my first several months there just listening," Callison said. As far as the faculty and staff are concerned, said Callison, "I want to help them go where they want to go."
Callison and his wife Rose have four children: Brett of Durant, Bridget in Adkins, Bryce in San Antonio, Texas, and Brady who attends Kirkwood Community College.