STATE CENTER - West Marshall School Board President Lisa Breja said it was hard to accept the letter of resignation for Superintendent Ned Sellers, but the board is moving on to find the next leader of the school district.
In early February, Sellers announced his plans to retire at the end of the current fiscal year, which is June 30. He has been superintendent at West Marshall since 1998 and has 35 years of experience in education.
The board recently hired the superintendent search firm Else Leadership Group of Cedar Falls to assist in landing the next school leader. The firm will talk with school and community representatives about what they are looking for in the next superintendent.
The firm will present its findings to the board Monday night, then the board will formulate the qualities they are looking for in a new superintendent to proceed with the position advertisement.
They hope to review applications in April and expect to make an offer to a candidate by the end of April.
Even though Sellers won't officially be gone until June 30, Breja said acting fast can be advantageous to the district.
"There are currently several searches for superintendents, and we want to make sure that we are not too late," she said.
The school district is paying the Else Leadership Group $7,645 for its work, and Breja feels it's worth it since they will help out with a bulk of the legwork in the search.
"We wanted to do that because it's such an important position for our district," Breja said.
The search firm indicated a majority of the candidates will most likely be from Iowa, but the position may also attract candidates from out of state. Breja said the board is ready for the search process to continue.
"We're excited and look forward to the process and to see who's going to be the best fit for our district," Breja said.
The board will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at the high school library in State Center to have the next superintendent search discussion.