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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.

Keokuk School District

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 received applications from 15 candidates interested in becoming the district's next superintendent.  School Board President Janne Long said those applications have been reviewed by more than a dozen school board members, district administrators, and central office staff to determine if the candidates are qualified and meet the district's experience requirements.

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The Keokuk School Board accepted the resignation of Tim Hood as Superintendent following a nearly two-hour closed door meeting. The board also released him from the final year of his contract so he can take a similar job in southwest Iowa.

Outgoing Keokuk High School Principal Zach Wigle is excited for his new opportunity as Activities Director in the Solon School District. He said he's enjoyed his three years in Keokuk, but that it is no longer the best situation.

The Keokuk School District has spent the past few months filling some key administrative vacancies. That process unexpectedly grew this week following the resignation of High School Principal Zach Wigle.

An attempt to give hundreds of students better access to technology did not go as planned for four southeast Iowa school districts.  The result is a lawsuit that claims the electronic devices the districts purchased were faulty.

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Some of the youngest students in the Keokuk School District will have an opportunity this summer to improve their reading skills through the Reach Out And Read program.  The idea behind ROAR is to ensure they do not fall behind while they are outside of the classroom.

Mike Pribyl was surprised when he found out, last month that the Keokuk School Board had adopted a 1% income surtax to help pay for day-to-day educational needs.  He said what really struck him was how little the public knew about it.

The head of the Keokuk School District has received a contract extension.

A few Keokuk School District employees will get more windshield time this coming school year.

The Keokuk School District will not release more information about why the school board is divided over adding another year to Superintendent Tim Hood’s contract.

The Keokuk School Board failed to extend the contract for Superintendent Tim Hood during a special meeting Wednesday night.

The Keokuk School Board has approved the district’s certified budget for the upcoming school year.

Some Keokuk School District employees have until the end of the week to make a big decision about their careers.

The Keokuk School Board has authorized the district to apply for up to $50,000 from the Iowa Department of Education for a "life-safety" project.

The results of the contested school board races from throughout southeast Iowa during the Sept. 10, 2013 election.

Jane Abell says she will promote communication and community involvement if elected to the Keokuk School Board on Tuesday, Sept. 10.

Alka Khanolkar

Incumbent Alka Khanolkar believes recent decisions by the Keokuk School Board will lead to positive results for the entire school district.

Carrie Steele

Carrie Steele says if she is elected to one of the three open seats on the Keokuk School Board, her top priority will be protecting the children of the district.

President Tyler McGhghy wants to remain on the Keokuk School Board so he can keep working to help students succeed in school and in life.

The Keokuk School District will put an added emphasis on helping students struggling with their classes this year.

The Keokuk School District is in the market for a new high school principal.

Some last-minute objections did not stop a plan to resurface four tennis courts near Keokuk High School from moving forward.

The Keokuk School District is getting ready for a serious technology upgrade.

The Keokuk School Board is advancing the district’s budget for the 2013/2014 school year, even though few details are available at this point.

Students at Keokuk High School will get a few extra days of summer vacation.

The school board has agreed to move the first day of school for high schools students from August 30 to September 4.

The delay will give crews additional time to work on the renovations to the high school.

The first day of school will remain August 30 for elementary and middle school students.

High school students will make up the lost days by attending classes on days previously designated for parent/teacher conferences.

The Keokuk School Board voted unanimously, Thursday night, to offer its superintendent job to Tim Hood.

Hood served as superintendent of the Creston Community School District for about 13 years.  Creston is about 200 miles west of Keokuk.

He also served as superintendent at the Earlham Community School District (Iowa).

Keokuk School Board President Tyler McGhghy says Hood is a perfect fit for the district.  He mentioned his work ethic, his devotion to technology and his handling of open enrollment.

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