Christine Barnes said her first week as superintendent of the Keokuk School District has been a whirlwind, meeting new people and learning about the district. She said it's also been exciting for the new opportunity that lies before her.
The Keokuk School Board had a busy day Monday. It held one open session, two private interviews lasting more than two hours each, and a 90 minute closed door meeting. The result: the hiring of a new school superintendent.
The Keokuk School Board met behind closed doors for more than two hours Wednesday night, narrowing the field of candidates in its search for the district's next superintendent. The board settled on two candidates: Kathy Dinger and Christine Barnes.
The Keokuk School Board could announce the finalists in its search for a new school superintendent within the next couple days, and the board still hopes to achieve its goal of offering the job before July 1.
The Keokuk School District is expected to be without its top administrator for at least the next four weeks as Superintendent Tim Hood will be goes on medical leave. No further details regarding the incident were provided as the district due to employee privacy.
There are nine people trying to fill the four open seats on the Keokuk School Board. Janne Long said if she's elected on Tues., Sept. 8, she will make sure to listen to every resident of Keokuk and bring their ideas or concerns to the entire board.