Allamakee Community School District conducting final interviews for two Superintendent candidates March 5

The Allamakee Community School District (ACSD) completed a stakeholder survey earlier this year, which resulted in 193 total responses from students, teachers, support staff, parents, community members, administrators, and alumni. The results conveyed clear desired qualifications for the school district's new superintendent, which included:
• Builds school and community relations
• Visible in the school and community
• Effectively manages district resources
• Ability to lead school improvement efforts
• Strong communication skills.
The initial candidate pool included 18 total applicants. Seven candidates were from outside the state of Iowa, eight candidates had superintendent experience, and five candidates had an Ed.D. or Ph.D. degree. Based on application materials, references and screening interviews, the following finalists have been named as those who best fit the desired qualifications for the position:
• Robert “Jay” Mathis has been a superintendent for Eldora-New Providence Community Schools for the past six years. He has helped incorporate PBIS in the elementary schools, AIW in the high school, brought ALiCE (Active Shooter) Training to the district, and has successfully passed a voter-approved PPEL referendum. Mathis is a very student-centered leader having experience as a superintendent, high school principal, high school associate principal/AD, 7-12 math teacher, and coach. Mathis is a graduate of Waukon High School.
• Kris Einck has been a superintendent for two years for South Winneshiek Community Schools. His current position includes responsibilities as a high school principal and AD as well. Einck has been a superintendent, high school
principal/AD, high school teacher and FFA advisor, and an assistant technology coordinator. Einck was responsible for collaboration of personnel in the development of district mission, goals, and strategies and has helped integrate
technology into the classroom.
These finalists have been invited for formal interviews at Allamakee Community Schools Monday, March 5. Various district and community stakeholders will be included in the formal interview process to provide the ACSD School Board feedback about each candidate’s qualifications and fit for the position. The new superintendent will be transitioning with retiring ACSD Superintendent Dave Herold before officially beginning his duties July 1 of this year.

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