February 10, 2014

Parents in the Carroll Community School District will have an opportunity next week to meet and interview the final four candidates in the district's search for a new high school principal.

Those parent sessions will be held in the high school auditorium from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. Feb. 18-21.

According to superintendent Rob Cordes, the board of education received 36 applications for the open position, a number he deemed "typical."

Before meeting with parents, candidates will spend their days meeting with various stakeholder groups including administration, students, staff and community leaders before ending their day with a formal interview with board members. Cordes plans to sit in on all sessions to ensure that the candidates are asked similar questions.

Cordes declined to provide any information on the different candidates or their backgrounds at this time.

Carroll high school assistant principal Tammie McKenzie confirmed that she has been called for an interview next week and is one of the final four candidates.

"Tammie has many strengths that would be desired in a high school principal position," said Trent Grundmeyer, currently serving as consultant to the assistant principal. "It's up to the school board and interview committees to decide if those strengths, or a candidate with other strengths, is what is needed at Carroll High School."

Grundmeyer, former Iowa principal of the year and a professor at Drake University, was hired after Steve Haluska abruptly resigned from the principal position in August, two weeks into the new school year.

Grundmeyer will also be conducting a brief interview with the candidates. He cited visibility, vision, experience with or understanding of Iowa's core curriculum and a supportive attitude as key attributes high school educators are seeking in their next leader.