Casey Berlau has been named as the next superintendent for the Carroll Community School District.
Casey Berlau has been named as the next superintendent for the Carroll Community School District.

April 19, 2019

Casey Berlau, 44, an online learning advocate who currently serves as the shared superintendent at Nodaway Valley Community School District in Greenfield and CAM Community School District in Anita, has accepted an offer to be Carroll Schools' next superintendent after he was selected Thursday evening.

“I had a great feeling throughout the day of my interview as I learned about the community and school district,” Berlau said in a news release from Carroll Schools. “I look forward to working with the board, staff, parents and community as the superintendent of the Carroll CSD. My family and I are excited about the opportunity to become part of the Carroll community.”

The two other superintendent finalists were Marty Fonley, Carroll’s interim superintendent, and Alan Miller, who currently works as the superintendent at the Murray Community School District in Murray.

Berlau’s wife Jodi is a third-grade teacher at Nodaway Valley Community School District, and their three kids, Maci, 9, Bryce, 14, and Madi, 17, attend school there.

Berlau said his current work as a superintendent for a shared school district would transfer nicely to Carroll — a school that has relationships with not only a private school district but a community college.

“I saw it as an opportunity to serve one school district,” he said. “I also understand in rural Iowa sharing is not an uncommon thing. I’ve always looked at Carroll as a quality school district. There’s a lot of things going on.”

Berlau said that throughout his career as a superintendent, he has learned the value of building and maintaining solid relationships.

“I think a big part of education today is partnerships, and that’s really what you’re talking about with DMACC, and I know there are partnerships between Kuemper and (Carroll),” he said. “You are always serving the best interest in the district you are serving.”

Like any school, Carroll has both strengths and areas that could use improvement and growth, Berlau said — and that’s what excites him about joining the district.

I am confident there are a lot of really positive things going on here,” he said.

Casey will begin working at Carroll Schools July 1, at which time Fonley will finish as interim superintendent and the school will stop paying former Superintendent Kevin Lein, who resigned in February.