The field has been trimmed to two in the search for Fort Madison's new school superintendent, and the board could make its choice before the end of the week. The finalists are Chad Garber and Erin Slater.
Garber currently serves as the Superintendent of the Wapsie Valley Community School District in north central Iowa, while Slater is the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction for District 45 in the Chicago suburb of Villa Park.
Fort Madison School Board President Timm Lamb said the five semi-finalists were all outstanding candidates. He said Garber and Slater just stood out from the field.
“There were just little ways that they answered questions and with the answers they gave use that were just kinds of things that we were looking at,” said Lamb. “I think they presented us with a very confident attitude on the approach that they wanted to take on being the Superintendent.”
Next up for the finalists are day-long interviews with the school board and with focus groups consisting of faculty, staff, administrators, parents and students. Garber will be in town Wednesday while Thursday has been set aside for Slater.
Lamb expects the school board to name the district’s new superintendent following the final interview on Thursday, when all of the information is fresh in the minds of the board members.
“The board has agreed to do it Thursday,” said Lamb. “We will stay there until we get it done. We just felt that that was the better way to do it than to come back the next day and do it. It has been a long process with a lot of time involved.”
Current Fort Madison Superintendent Ken Marang announced his retirement, effective the end of June.