The search for Director of Education Agency for Central Rivers Region narrows down

CEDAR FALLS – The search for the head of the District Education Agency is nearing a final decision.

The Central Rivers Education Agency Board of Directors held a closed session last week to review 18 applications for a key administrative position.

Board members selected five semi-finalists for first-round interviews, which will begin on November 28. Then they will be narrowed down to two or three finalists on December 12th. Candidates will be interviewed by various stakeholders, such as employees and supervisor groups. .

Beth Strike, director of creative services and communications, said the agency hopes to make an announcement about the new general manager on December 15.

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Sam Miller, who currently holds the position, announced his retirement in June. He led the agency for seven years and will retire at the end of the 2022-23 academic year.

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The salary for the position will be in the region of $240,000 but the final salary will be negotiated and determined based on experience, qualifications and board standards.

GR Recruitment, of Council Bluffs, is leading the search at a cost of $15,200.

The GR team consists of Dick Christie, former superintendent of Council Bluffs Community Schools; Lynn Plug, former director of Green Hills AEA in southwestern Iowa. Linda Brock, former superintendent of Fort Dodge and Fort Madison; Beverly Smith, former Associate Superintendent of Waterloo Community Schools of Human Resources and Equity; Dale Monroe, who has held a number of roles in education in Cedar Valley and across eastern Iowa; and GR Chair, Gary Ray.

Central Rivers serves more than 63,500 students in 53 public school districts and 18 private school districts in 18 counties. It also serves about 5,000 teachers.

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