The Howard-Winneshiek School Board has selected three candidates to interview for their superintendent vacancy.
The district is looking for a successor to current Superintendent Ted Ihns, who is resigning effective June 30th to take over as Superintendent of Indianola Schools July 1st. Interviews for his replacement are scheduled for May 9th. Numerous stakeholders in the school district will also have the opportunity to meet the final candidates and submit input to the School Board, which intends to make their selection by May 12.
Candidates include Kris Einck of Decorah, currently the superintendent and high school principal of the South Winneshiek School District. He has also served as technology director, athletic director and vocational agriculture teacher.
Also scheduled to interview is Dr. Michael Volk of Cedar Rapids, currently principal and Instructional Leader of St. Patrick School, Archdiocese of Dubuque Catholic Schools in Anamosa. He has also been a Director of the Talented and Gifted and a high school English teacher.
Rounding out the list of candidates is Michael Wright of Earlham, who served as superintendent at Earlham for fourteen years. His experience also includes being a teacher, principal, and superintendent in Iowa schools for many years.
The Howard-Winneshiek School District retained the services of McPherson & Jacobson, L.L.C. to assist in conducting their search. The consultants reviewed, screened, and conducted extensive background checks on a total of fifteen applicants. On Wednesday, the consultants presented the applicants to the School Board, providing them detailed background information on each applicant. The board selected three candidates as finalists.