Harris-Lake Park School Board Hires New Superintendent

Lake Park, Iowa — A man who served previously in the position has been hired as the new Superintendent of the Harris-Lake Park Community School District. Meeting in special session late Friday, the school board approved the hiring of Gary Richardson to the position. Richardson served previously as Harris-Lake Park Superintendent from 1997 to 2002. Prior to that he served as a teacher, coach and middle school high school principal for the district, stemming back to 1981.

Current Superintendent Les Douma says that previous experience with the district was paramount in the board’s decision.

Douma says the upcoming bond issue vote and his familiarity with the district also played a major role in the decision to hire Richardson.

Richardson was among seven candidates who applied for the position. Given the short turnaround, Douma says the fact they were able to get that kind of interest speaks volumes for the area.

Richardson’s first day with Harris-Lake Park will be this coming July 1st. He’ll serve in a part-time capacity, similar to what Douma has been doing in recent years.

Story courtesy of our sister station, KUOO.