Superintendent Search

The Emmetsburg School Board has hired Grundmeyer Leader Search to support the search for a new district superintendent after current Superintendent Darren Hanna accepted a new Superintendent position with Anamosa Schools.  


Survey link:

The search will begin immediately and conclude with the hire of a new successful leader.  Your feedback regarding what desired qualifications are most important for this position will ensure the hire is a good fit for our school district.  Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey and provide direction for this important leadership position. 

Please share narrative insights below and rank personal and professional priorities for the new superintendent.  The search team will produce a general report based on the information gathered in this survey.  The report will be shared with the board to advise them on what priorities the district and community stakeholders are looking for in a new leader. 

This survey is anonymous unless you provide your name voluntarily.  Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey and provide direction for this important leadership position before April 13. 


             April 1 – April 13                       Stakeholder Survey

            Week of April 25                      Board reviews candidates

            Week of May 2                         Formal interviews with finalists


Application link:

Application deadline: Saturday, April 23

District website:

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Mission statement:  The mission of the Emmetsburg Community School District is to prepare responsible and productive citizens for an ever-changing world by the utilization of our total resources through a partnership of the family, school and community.

Emmetsburg Community School District is a public school district located in EMMETSBURG, IA. It serves 702 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1.  West Elementary School, Emmetsburg Middle School, and Emmetsburg High School are all rated Commendable on the latest Iowa School Performance Profiles.  

Key Qualifications include:

  • To inspire, lead, guide, and direct every member of the administrative, instructional, and supportive services teams in setting and achieving the highest standards of excellence in developing and maintaining the best possible educational programs and services, so that each individual student enrolled in the school district will be provided with a complete, valuable, meaningful, and personally rewarding education.
  • To oversee and administer the use of all school district facilities, property, and funds to ensure that those resources are utilized in an appropriate manner.

The student body at the schools served by Emmetsburg Community School District is 90.7% White, 0.8% Black, 1.5% Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander, 4.7% Hispanic/Latino, 0.6% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0% Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander. In addition, 1.7% of students are two or more races, and 0% have not specified their race or ethnicity. 

Also, 48% of students are female, and 52% of students are male. At schools in Emmetsburg Community School District, 30.8% of students are eligible to participate in the federal free and reduced price meal program and 0.9% of students are English language learners.

For more information about the position itself or hiring timeline please visit the district website or contact search consultants Trent Grundmeyer (515-205-9987) or