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GTRA Announces Superintendent, Principal Finalists

February 5, 2020
Emmetsburg News

The Graettinger-Terril and Ruthven-Ayrshire School Boards recently met to screen five semi-finalists for the Shared Superintendent and Elementary Principal position. Each candidate had 25 minutes to answer nine questions. Based on their applications, references, and screening interviews the boards have identified the following three finalists for formal interviews on Monday, Feb. 10.

Marty Fonley: Mr. Fonley served the Algona School District for 11 years as their Superintendent. He is currently serving as an Assistant High School Principal in Spencer. He also has experience as interim superintendent, assistant high school principal, elementary principal, curriculum coordinator, and elementary teacher. Marty has a strong school finance background with proven leadership in building new facilities and community engagement.

Marshall Lewis: Mr. Lewis has over six years of superintendent experience in both Iowa and Nebraska that includes serving the Belmond-Klemme and Kimball, NE School Districts. He also has experience as a high school principal, associate principal, business teacher, Spanish teacher and coach. He was named School Administrators of Iowa Principal of the Year in 2006. His leadership experience includes a focus on school improvement, expanding student programs and promoting the school district in the community. He was a Terril High School graduate.

Dan Polk: Mr. Polk currently serves as the Superintendent for Elgin Public Schools in Elgin, NE. He has served the district for the past eight years. His prior experience includes serving as an elementary principal/superintendent, social studies teacher and coach. He recently announced his retirement in Nebraska and is seeking to relocate to Northwest Iowa to be closer to family. His leadership experience includes infrastructure improvements, technology upgrades, starting a 3-year old preschool, and community partnerships.

The finalists will interview with mixed formal interview teams in both districts. They will also get tours of both communities and district facilities. Both boards will also have a formal interview with the finalists.

Stakeholders from the community and district will soon be invited to serve on the interview teams. Those confirmed will be asked to provide feedback on formal interview questions they want to ask the finalists. Formal interview teams will also be provided each finalist's application materials prior to the formal interviews. After the interviews they will also have the chance to share feedback with Grundmeyer Leader Services Search Consultants and to the board.

The boards hope to make an offer to the successful candidate soon after reviewing the feedback from the formal interview teams. The new leader will officially begin their duties on Wednesday, July 1, 2020.



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