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Search progresses for Elementary Principal

January 24, 2019
CJ Eilers - Editor ( , Traer Star-Clipper

With the resignation of Josh Youel as Elementary Principal accepted last month by the Board of Education, North Tama administration has begun the process of finding a successor and hope to make a hire at the end of February.

During their monthly board meeting on Monday, Jan. 14, the board and Superintendent David Hill discussed what they hoped to offer in terms of salary and benefits to whoever Hill would like to hire. North Tama had gone through a similar discussion with the hire of Andrew Meister for Secondary Principal last year.

"There are plenty of school districts that will pay their elementary principals less than their high school principal because they are very different jobs," Hill said. "In some cases, that is very appropriate, but here at North Tama they both run on a similar schedule. Both our principals have similar duties, work in the same duties, support each other and are principals of grade spans and have other jobs. They also supervise evening activities. Being a smaller school, it's best to divide these duties up evenly, so we need to offer the same amount if they have a year of experience, like Mr. Meister will by then."

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The benefits offered will be an individual or family health insurance plan as well as an incentive to have the administrator move to the North Tama District. No requirement can be made for a principal to live in the district.

As of publication, 24 applications have been sent to Hill for the position. The deadline for all applications is this Sunday night, which allowed four weekends for applicants to send their resume to North Tama. All applications are done online and each will be considered.

To start off the interview process, 10 applicants will be required to visit with Hill and Meister over Google Hangouts or Skype online to talk about the school itself. Three or four finalists will be asked to come tour North Tama during the third or fourth week of February with Youel as he can best answer questions and a school board member. Hill intends for elementary staff to be involved in the interview process as well and will have teachers talk with finalists during interviews as part of an interview team with parents, school board members and administration. Another feedback sheet will be filled out by the teams to help narrow down the candidates. Finalists are also encouraged to tour Traer.

"We want elementary parents and our staff to be heard and get feedback for qualifications they want in our next principals," Hill said. "We're going to use that to help screen applicants."

Hill hopes to have the process done by the end of February, but is open to extend the timeline if it would work to help get a "quality candidate" for North Tama.

"We will use that feedback from the interview teams in determining who I am going to offer the position," Hill said. "If they accept my offer, I will bring it to the board and hope to get a contract to them as soon as possible. A special board meeting will be made for the contract, possibly within a few days of the candidate accepting the offer."

Check back with the Traer Star-Clipper for more updates on the Elementary Principal search as details become available.

Ten most desired qualifications (in order):

1. Promotes positive student behavior which enhances school pride and a positive learning environment.

2. Is capable of having difficult conversations and able to face challenging situations directly rather than

avoiding them.

3. Demonstrates a commitment to student, staff, and community relationships.

4. Has demonstrated strong instructional leadership and the ability to assist all staff in becoming more


5. Strong understanding and experience with student support systems (MTSS, at-risk, enrichment, other)

6. Provides leadership in the planning, implementation, and assessment of relevant professional

development for all staff.

7. Promotes programs that will result in high student achievement.

8. Is comfortable leading innovation and reform efforts.

9. Has strong written and verbal communication skills.

10. Has strong technology skills or the ability to adapt to new technologies.



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