G-R schools announce superintendent finalists

The Gladbrook-Reinbeck School Board has narrowed its superintendent search down to two candidates.

Ken Hayes, associate principal of Marshalltown High School, and Shawn Holloway, 7-12 grade principal of Manson Northwest Webster School in Manson, are the two finalists.

“They both share a passion for education and to make sure that student achievement is the No. 1 goal of the school,” said Matt Wyatt, president of the G-R School Board.

The school board interviewed four candidates Thursday before deciding on the final two and will do follow-up interviews with Hayes and Holloway on Wednesday.

Hayes, 44, is the associate principal at MHS and is a former East Marshall High School principal. He has a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of Northern Iowa and a superintendent’s license from Drake University.

“Gladbrook-Reinbeck has a great name for itself and has some positive things going on in the district,” Hayes said. “You can also sense its community pride.”

Hayes said he’s humbled to be named a finalist and thinks he can make a broader impact on education if he is a superintendent.

Holloway, 38, has been a principal at Manson Northwest Webster for six years and is a former K-12 principal at Pomeroy-Palmer School District. He said he researched the Gladbrook-Reinbeck School District and was impressed.

“I felt like they were a progressive school district,” Holloway said. “You can tell there is a lot of school pride in the community.”

Holloway is wrapping up classes for his superintendent license, and he said he’s ready to take on this role.

“I felt like this was the next step,” he said.

Wyatt said they may be able to make an announcement Wednesday night on the next superintendent to take over for Tim Kuehl, who is leaving at the end of June to lead Clear Creek Amana schools.

Wyatt said the board has been happy with how the search has gone and with the final two candidates who have emerged.

“We’re very confident that either of these two guys would be able to lead our district,” Wyatt said.