Two Finalists for Superintendent Selected

OTTUMWA – The Ottumwa Community School District Board of Education selected two finalists Wednesday evening to serve as Ottumwa’s next superintendent: Tim Kuehl, Superintendent of Clear Creek Amana and Mike McGrory, Associate Superintendent for the Muscatine Community School District.

The two candidates will participate in stakeholder interviews on Thursday, June 25. Stakeholder groups include district administrators, teachers, other staff, and community members.

After the stakeholder interviews, the Ottumwa Board of Education will hold a second interview with the finalists and review stakeholder feedback. The board intends to vote on their selection following the final interview.

Kuehl has served as Superintendent of Clear Creek Amana since 2013. His other administrative experience includes Superintendent/Elementary Principal of Gladbrook Reinbeck Community School District from 2008-13; Middle School Principal for the Forest City Community School District from 2003-08; High School Principal and Curriculum director for the Allamakee Community School District from 2001-03; and Elementary Principal and Curriculum Director at Manson NW Webster from 2000-01.

Mike McGrory’s administrative experience includes a three-year stint at Evans Middle School in Ottumwa from 1997-2000. His other experiences include;  Associate Superintendent at Muscatine Community Schools from 2016-present; Muscatine High School Principal from 2013-16; Central High School Principal in Hinsdale, IL from 2010-13; Ames High School Principal from 2000-2010 and a K-12 Principal in Lone Tree from 1995-97.

The Ottumwa Community School District superintendent search has been conducted with the assistance of the search firm Ray and Associates.  The search process included many hours of reviewing application materials, interviewing semi-finalist candidates and carefully assessing the qualifications of candidates in relation to the candidate profile determined by the board members, district employees and community members.  The Board evaluated applicants from a pool of 39 and interviewed four semi-finalists before narrowing the search to two finalists.