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UPDATE: Superintendent Finalists Announced (With Photos)

Sheldon, Iowa — The original list of nineteen candidates seeking the Sheldon Superintendent of Schools position has been trimmed to three, and the names of the three finalists have been announced.

According to a release from the Sheldon Community Schools, the three finalists for the position are:

Sheldon Middle School Principal Cindy Barwick, who has seventeen years of experience in the middle school role, and was named the Middle Level Principal of the Year in 2016 by the School Administrators of Iowa. She was also recognized by the Iowa Bandmasters Association with their Outstanding Administrators Award. Her leadership has resulted in significant student achievement gains and cultural improvements. These include raising student achievement proficiency scores in reading, math and science to over 90% and improving student attendance rates. She is also active in the community, serving on the Village Northwest Unlimited(VNU) Board and working as a RISEfest hospitality volunteer, among others.

Matthew Alexander—Mr. Alexander currently serves as the Assistant High School Principal and Athletic Director for the Atlantic Community School district in Atlantic, IA. He has served the district for six years and been successful improving climate and finances. Prior to being the secondary assistant principal and athletic director, he served the district as an elementary principal, special education director and curriculum director. He is a Certified Public Accountant and proficient with financial software. He has been a part of multiple professional development initiatives including Authentic Intellectual Work (AIW) and Professional Learning Communities (PLC’s). He was also honored for his teaching excellence with the Excellence in Teaching award in 2005.

Cory Myer – Mr. Myer currently serves as the North Iowa Community School district Superintendent. He has been in that role the last nine years and lead district improvements in facilities, finances, and student programming. He also served the district in the combined capacity of superintendent/elementary principal for seven years. He has been awarded multiple grants that benefited his district and community including the STEM Business Engaging Students and Teachers (BEST) Grant from the Iowa Governors STEM Advisory Council. He has a strong understanding of Iowa school finance and recently facilitated a Physical Plant and Equipment (PPEL) increase to benefit the district’s financial situation. Meyer has a proven track record of promoting student programs and leading innovation.

This coming Tuesday, February 13th, the finalists will meet with multiple stakeholders from both the district and community during their formal interviews. Feedback from the formal interview teams will be presented to the school board later that evening to assist them to determine which candidate is the best fit to lead the district beginning on July 1st of this year. Tuesday’s interview schedule can be viewed by CLICKING HERE.

Current Superintedent Robin Spears is set to retire on June 30th.

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Original story posted 1:49 pm 2/8/18

Sheldon, Iowa — We should know sometime Friday the names of the three finalists for the Sheldon Community Schools superintendent’s job.

On Wednesday afternoon the School Board met in special, closed, session for the purpose of conducting screening interviews with the seven semi-finalists for the position.

According to School Board President Kecia Hickman, following Wednesday’s screening interviews, the Board cut the list to three finalists for the position. Hickman says the District’s search company is contacting each of the three finalists to schedule interviews in person next week. She says after they’re notified, the names of the final three will be released, and that should be sometime Friday.

After next week’s interviews the Board will select a candidate to whom they’ll offer an employment contract.

The hiring of a new superintendent is made necessary by current superintendent Robin Spears announcement that he’ll be retiring next summer.

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