A-A selects finalist superintendent candidates

Friday, April 19, 2019

The Alta-Aurelia School Board reviewed 11 Superintendent applications April 15, selecting four finalists for an interview next week.

Kurt DeVore is a Central Office administrator with the Decorah Community School District, Decorah. He is currently the Director of information systems and instructional technology for the Decorah School District, and has served in this capacity for the past 14 years. Prior to Decorah, Mr. DeVore was at West Hancock Community School District for 11 years, the last seven years as Director of Technology. Mr. DeVore will interview on April 22.

Dr. Matthew Herrick is principal at St. Francis Catholic School in Marshalltown, Iowa. He has served in this position since fall of 2012. Matthew’s first doctorate was earned from the University of Nebraska in 2008-2011 while working as a graduate teaching assistant. This doctorate was centered on the study of curriculum, teaching and professional development. Before this time, Matthew was at Aplington-Parkersburg 2001-2008 in two positions; first as Director of High School Bands and second as the District Lead Educator. Dr. Herrick will interview on April 24.

Daniel Hoeck has been principal at Florence Elementary in Omaha, Nebraska. He has served in this position since the fall of 2013. His administrative career started with the Omaha Public Schools in 2008 as an assistant principal before coming to his present position at Florence Elementary. He is working to obtain his doctorate from Capella University in Leadership and Educational Administration. Mr. Hoeck will interview on April 22.

William Walters is the Superintendent at Climax-Shelly in Climax, Minnesota, Since 2014. A majority of Mr. Walters career has been focused on special education. He served as regional special education director for Great Prairie Area education agency 2008-2011 and as director of Interagency services at Carver Scott Educational Cooperative in Chaska, Minnesota 2011- 2013. He has completed a major portion of his doctorate work at the University of Northern Iowa. Mr. Walters will interview on April 24.

The Alta-Aurelia Board is assisted in their superintendent search by EDWise Consulting. All candidate interviews will include separate interview sessions with selected focus groups to provide feedback to help the Board make their final decision.

Dr. Paul Tedesco, consultant for EDWise Consulting, said that Alta-Aurelia is looking for a candidate with “demonstrated passion for creating a student-centered environment while maintaining high expectations for all involved in the education process.”

The ideal candidate will have unquestioned integrity and honesty to hold strong to professional ideals and beliefs, with the ability to deal directly and fairly with all stakeholders while building moral and trust.

Tedesco says Alta-Aurelia is “sitting in a good position with culture,” and hopes to maintain that with its next superintendent.

The next superintendent will be announced no later than Thursday, April 25.