EMMETSBURG, IA — The Emmetsburg Community School District School Board has named four finalists in its search for the district’s next superintendent.
The finalists are Joseph Brown, Kevin Finkey, Cory Jenness, and Lisa Stevenson. Each possesses considerable experience in recruiting and retaining high-quality teachers and staff, promoting a community of care for students, and building school and community relations.
Brown serves as superintendent of the Fairmont Area Schools in Minnesota, and is also interim superintendent of the Clear Creek Amana Community School District near Iowa City. During his time as a district administrator, he has negotiated contracts with staff, expanded agricultural and career programming, and eliminated projected deficits. He previously was superintendent of the Grand Meadow Independent School District and has experience as a high school and middle school principal.
As superintendent of the Sumner-Eddyville-Miller CSD, Finkey has managed the strategic planning, quality, and accreditation processes for the district, facilitated staff development in implementing school improvement plans, and used assessment information for both program improvement initiatives and the introduction of new programs, policies, and procedures. He previously served as a 7th-12th grade principal and a high school physical education teacher.
Jenness is the current elementary principal and curriculum director in the Sibley-Ocheyedan CSD, where he has worked to develop teachers in leadership roles, managed multiple budgets, maintained high expectations for student performance, and promoted a shared vision for learning in the community. He also served as assistant football coach and assistant basketball coach. He began his career in education as an elementary teacher.
Stevenson currently serves as director of learning and results for the Davenport CSD. There, she has led the district in developing, implementing, and evaluating all core and non-core educational materials and programs, while working to expand dual-credit offerings, work-based learning experiences, and apprenticeships. Before that, she was director of instruction with the Marshalltown CSD and the principal of Neil Armstrong Elementary in Bettendorf.
The School Board has been working with Grundmeyer Leader Services to conduct the superintendent search. As a next step, the board and stakeholder interview teams will conduct final interviews with each of the four finalists on Tuesday, May 3. The board plans to then discuss the candidates and reach a final decision soon after the formal interviews.
The new superintendent will begin serving the Emmetsburg Community School District effective July 1, 2022.