Funeral arrangements have been set for Kirsten Wrieden, 46, of Keokuk, who died Tuesday morning after being hit by a vehicle while out on a walk. Wrieden was a 1st grade teacher at Hawthorne Elementary School.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Wells-Carey Elementary School was filled with Keokuk children for more than 80 years before closing its doors for good after the 2011-12 school year due to declining enrollment and the condition of the building. Now, it appears the former school will have its third owner in less than one year.
The Keokuk School District wants a judge to rule on a lawsuit filed by a former teacher before the lawsuit goes to trial next month. The district’s request for summary judgment is based on its belief that it has fully compensated Scott Schneider for his services.
The Keokuk School Board has a new look following the Sept. 8 election as voters chose four new members to represent them. In the process, they removed a pair of incumbents and decided not to return a former board president to office.
July 30 was the final day candidates could file their nominating petitions for the Sept. 8 school board election in Iowa. The two largest schools in the county (Fort Madison & Keokuk) have extremely crowded fields with twice as many candidates as open seats.
The Keokuk School District's administrative team will look much different when students resume classes this fall. In fact, just one of the seven principals and assistant principals within Keokuk's four buildings will return in the same position.
The Keokuk School Board might soon adopt a set of district-wide goals for the upcoming school year. The idea appears to be in response to the fact that the annual goals of Superintendent Tim Hood remain private.