Ottumwa Board of Education picks the new superintendent

Published: Jun. 26, 2020 at 12:16 PM CDT
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) -The Ottumwa Community School District Board of Education chose who will serve as Ottumwa's next superintendent...

It will be Mike McGrory.

After 4 weeks of searching the board of education narrowed down the superintendent search to two finalists and Thursday night a decision was made…

KYOU's Janay Reece spoke to the president of the board David Weilbrenner who says they are happy to have come to a decision.

"You know all of the candidates are very bright and fantastic it is just he just, you know kind of set his self apart in our eyes and really just, you know we are happy to have him."

Here's a little bit of background behind the search.

The school board had about a pool of 35 applicants to choose from.

They narrowed it down to 12 then to four semi finalist and then final two.

On Thursday groups of community members spoke with both finalists and gave their feedback to the board.

The school board then moved to final interviews... where they talk to both candidates again and then today they made the decision and chose McGrory.

The board president says they would like to thank the entire community and the search firm Ray and Associates for helping select a superintendent.

We do not know McGrory’s official start date but the school board president says it will be as close to July 1st as possible.

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