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An Invitation to Apply for the Position of
Superintendent of Schools
Storm Lake Community School District  |  Storm Lake, IA

The Position

The Board of Education of the Storm Lake CSD is seeking a highly qualified, visionary, and fully certified educational leader to serve as the Superintendent of Schools beginning July 1, 2018.

The vacancy is due to the retirement of Dr. Carl Turner who has successfully served the Storm Lake Community Schools for the past seven years.

Les Douma, Douma Consulting Services, has been engaged as the consultant in a search for outstanding candidates and will assist the Board of Education in identifying and screening the applicants. The Storm Lake Community School District is an EEO/AA employer.

Completed applications must be postmarked no later than Friday, March 2, 2018.

Desired Characteristics of the Superintendent

  1. Be highly visible in and engaged with the schools and community
  2. Be accessible, open-minded and consider all points of view before making decisions
  3. Ability to deal directly and fairly with faculty, staff, students, parents and community members
  4. Effective communication skills with all stakeholders
  5. Superintendent leadership experience and demonstrated success in a diverse community and school district
  6. Strong fiscal management
  7. Unquestioned integrity - holds strong professional ideals and beliefs

The School District

The Storm Lake Community School District provides a tremendous opportunity for its next Superintendent. The future Superintendent of Schools will be afforded a unique opportunity to lead the most diverse school district in the state of Iowa in a community that features extensive educational and recreational opportunities.

The Storm Lake Community SSchools consist of 740 high school students in grades 9–12, a middle school, grades 5–8, with 674 students, an elementary building, grades K-4, with 896 children and an early childhood center, 4 year olds – Pre-K, with 208 children. The District also operates one of only three charter schools in the state with an enrollment of 59 students and is the only district that allows the high school students to maintain enrollment for a fifth year to earn credits towards an AA degree.

The District has been experiencing increasing enrollment, with a current student population of 2,577, that supports a wide variety of academic and extra/co-curricular activities. The Storm Lake Tornadoes athletic programs are members of the Lakes Conference, and the District enjoys a wonderful tradition in the Fine Arts programs with strong participation in all music and arts activities.

A distinguishing feature of the Storm Lake Community School District is the diversity present within the student body and is reflective of the wide variety of employment opportunities in the City of Storm Lake. The student body ethnic composition is as follows:
Hispanic 53.4%                  Asian 17.6%          White 16.3%          Black 5.6%     
Pacific Islander 5.5%          2+ Races 1.5%       Other 0.1%

Over 1500 students (61.0%) are enrolled in the English Language Learner (ELL) program, and 24 language groups are represented in the District. The current free and reduced lunch count encompasses 71.5% of the student body.

In addition to maintaining a strong financial position, the District has excellent, well-maintained facilities, including the elementary school constructed in 2009, a $20 million dollar high school renovation/auditorium project completed in 2016 and a $1.1 million high school gym renovation completed in 2017. The Board recently approved the timeline for construction of a new early childhood facility with plans for a bond election in December, 2018.

The Board of Education

Peter Steinfeld
Dave Skibsted
Erika Dierking
Melea Raveling
Emilia Marroquin
Vice President
18 years
7 years
5 years
4.5 years
3 years

District’s Mission Statement

The Storm Lake Community School District will encourage, engage and empower students to build a better tomorrow.

District’s Website

Selection Timeline

1. Application deadline: Postmarked no later than March 2, 2018
2. Finalists selected by Board of Education: March 19, 2018
3. Interviews with Board of Education: April 3-6, 2018
4. Target date to complete selection process: April 7, 2018
5. Starting Date: July 1, 2018

Application & Selection Process

1. All nominations, letters of application, application form, inquiries, credentials and copies of legal proof of administrative qualifications should be addressed and mailed (no fax or email applications will be considered) to:

Mr. Les Douma
Douma Consulting Services
710 2nd Street SE #110
Orange City, IA 51041
(Cell) 712-212-4747
(Home) 712-737-4203

2. A complete application for the position of Superintendent of Schools for the Storm Lake School District must include (please do not staple, bind, or fold your application materials; please print on letter size paper on one side only):

a. a letter of application
b. resume’
c. completed and signed application form and other necessary signatures–posted on website,
d. written response to the five narrative questions
e. maximum of four recent letters of recommendation regarding your professional work (preferably at least two from your current employer)
f. photocopy of college/university transcripts
g. a copy of (or documented evidence of eligibility) a current Iowa superintendent’s endorsement-including evaluator approval certification

3. Applicants, and/or their designees, are asked not to contact Board of Education members during the search process. Names of applicants will be held in strict confidence whenever possible; in the final process, the board may visit the district where the candidate is employed, but will not proceed without the knowledge and consent of the candidate.

4. The applications and applicant names will remain confidential information except when
the finalists are selected. The submitted material and names of the finalists will be available to the public. This confidentiality does not apply to applicants who are currently employed by the Storm Lake Community School District, as the law does not afford them confidentiality.

5. The Storm Lake Community School District is an EEO/AA employer.


Storm Lake Community School District’s Non-Discrimination Statement

The Storm Lake Community School District offers career and technical programs in the following areas: Business/Commerce, General, Construction Trades, Cooking and Related Culinary Arts, General, Marketing/Marketing Management, General. The Storm Lake Community School District is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. It is an unfair or discriminatory practice for any educational institution to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, age(for employment), disability, socioeconomic status (for programs), marital status(for programs), or veteran status in its educational programs and its employment practices. Inquiries or grievances may be directed to Kellie Anderson, Equity Coordinator, at 930 East 5th Street, Storm Lake, IA 50588, 712-732-8076,

Declaración de no discriminación del distrito escolar de Storm Lake

El Distrito Escolar Comunitario de Storm Lake ofrece programas profesionales y técnicos en las siguientes áreas: Negocios/Comercio, General, Construcción/Comercio, Cocina y Artes Culinarias Relacionadas, General, Mercadeo/Administración de Mercadeo, General. El Distrito Escolar Comunitario de Storm Lake es un empleador de igualdad de oportunidades/acción afirmativa. Es una práctica injusta o discriminatoria para cualquier institución educativa discriminar por raza, credo, color, sexo, orientación sexual, identidad de género, origen nacional, religión, edad (para el empleo), discapacidad, situación socioeconómica (para programas), el estado civil (para los programas) o la condición de veterano en sus programas educativos y sus prácticas laborales. Las inquietudes o quejas pueden dirigirse a Kellie Anderson, Coordinadora de Equidad, en 930 East 5th Street, Storm Lake, IA 50588, 712-732-8076,
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