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New G-R superintendent building connections

Holloway holds open houses in district

July 9, 2013
By ANDREW POTTER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican



GLADBROOK - New Gladbrook-Reinbeck School District Superintendent Shawn Holloway has made it a priority in the past couple of weeks to get to know people in the community.

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New Gladbrook-Reinbeck Schools Superintendent Shawn Holloway, left, talks with Blake Hand during an open house Monday at the Gladbrook Public Library.

Holloway hosted two open houses Monday for community members and has already participated in parades in Gladbrook and Reinbeck.

"The biggest thing is to develop two-way communication with your stakeholders," Holloway said at an open house at the Gladbrook Public Library.

"Just getting your face out there and being a welcoming smile for people. Right now the biggest thing is to try to build relationships with community members."

Holloway, 38, arrives in the community from the Manson Northwest Webster School District, where he was high school principal.

His family has purchased a home in Reinbeck, which they plan to move into this summer.

He said he has been pleased with the reception given to him by people in the communities of Gladbrook and Reinbeck.

"They have been very welcoming," Holloway said. "The initial feeling is all positive."

One of the long-term goals he is looking at is doing a better job of getting the success stories of the district out there.

He said he would like to accomplish this through the media and through social networking.

"Just telling all the positive stories of the district," Holloway said.

He said he would also like to continue to increase the utilization of technology as a learning tool.

"That is a big piece of that puzzle on the curriculum side of things and G-R has great things in place," Holloway said.

Holloway took over for Tim Kuehl, who resigned to take a post to lead Clear Creek Amana Schools. Holloway's contract started July 1 as a two-year deal that will pay him $120,000 annually.


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