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Superintendent Application

An Invitation to Apply for the Position of

Superintendent of Schools

West Lyon Community School District

Inwood, Iowa


The Position

The Board of Education of the West Lyon CSD is seeking a highly qualified, and fully certified, educational leader to serve as the Superintendent of Schools beginning July 1, 2018. This position is a full time position.

The vacancy is due to the announced retirement of Mr. Jim Hargens who has successfully served the West Lyon Community Schools for the past 11 years in a half-time capacity.

Les Douma, Douma Consulting Services, has been engaged as the consultant in a search for outstanding candidates and will assist the Board of Education in identifying and screening the applicants. The West Lyon Community School District is an EEO/AA employer.

Completed applications must be postmarked no later than Monday, January 29, 2018.


The School District

  • District data (2018-19 School Year):
    • 905 Students (BEDS)…923 Certified Enrollment:
      • PK-6 501 students
      • Grades 7-8 157
      • High School 247
    • 3 Administrators (2018-19):
      • Superintendent Position Open
      • 7-12 Principal Doug Jiskoot
      • K-6 Principal Tim Snyder
    • 71 Teachers
    • Approximately 140 Total Employees
    • 15 bus routes
  • Strong financial position:
    • Total FY17 tax rate - $9.93
    • Solvency ratio – 20.9%
    • FY18 Budget - $11,675,835
    • Full family insurance
  • One Learning Center:
    • PreK-12 Center – 1787 182nd Street, Inwood, IA
  • Student achievement:
    • 95% graduation rate
    • 95% attend post secondary educational opportunities
    • 80% of students participate and excel in extra-curricular activities
  • Northwest Iowa location:
    • Communities Included in the West Lyon CSD:
      • Alvord
      • Lester
      • Larchwood
      • Inwood
    • 15 miles from Sioux Falls, SD
    • 3 universities, 3 colleges, & 3 community colleges within 60 miles
  • Recent facility Improvements:
    • Bids being accepted in late December (approximate $3 million improvements):
      • Vo Ag
      • Industrial Arts
      • Family Consumer Science
      • Science rooms/lab
      • Infrastructure needs
      • Parking
    • 2016 – Improvements to football/track areas – seating, concessions, resurface track
    • Building entrance recently renovated
  1. Board of Education:
    • Scott Lee                          President                     9 Years
    • Troy Bauder                    Vice President             7 Years
    • Jennifer Jenson              Member                       1 Year
    • Derek Knobloch             Member                       4 Years
    • Justin Metzger               Member                       3 Years
    • Bob Tracy                        Business Manager/Board Secretary


Desired Superintendent Characteristics

  1. Ability to deal directly and fairly with faculty, staff, students, parents and community members?
  2. Be accessible, open-minded and consider all points of view before making decisions?
  3. Be highly visible in and engaged with the school and communities
  4. Possess effective communication skills with all stakeholders
  5. Demonstrates passion for creating a student-centered environment while maintaining high expectations for all involved in the educational process
  6. Strong fiscal management


Application & Selection Procedure

  1. All nominations, letters of application, application form, inquiries, credentials and copies of legal proof of administrative qualifications should be addressed and mailed (no fax or email applications will be considered) to:

                                      Mr. Les Douma
                                      Douma Consulting Services
                                      710 2nd Street SE #110
                                      Orange City, Iowa 51041
                                      (Cell) 712-212-4747

                       (Home) 712-737-4203




  1. A complete application for the position of Superintendent of Schools for the West Lyon School District must include (please do not staple, bind, or fold your application materials; please print on letter size paper on one side only):
  1. a letter of application
  2. resume’
  3. completed and signed application form and other necessary signatures – posted on website,
  4. written response to the five narrative questions
  5. maximum of four recent letters of recommendation regarding your professional work (preferably at least two from your current employer)
  6. photocopy of college/university transcripts
  7. a copy of (or documented evidence of eligibility) a current Iowa superintendent’s endorsement—including evaluator approval certification


  1. Applicants, and/or their designees, are asked not to contact Board of Education members during the search process. Names of applicants will be held in strict confidence whenever possible; in the final process, the board may visit the district where the candidate is employed, but will not proceed without the knowledge and consent of the candidate.


  1. The West Lyon Community School District is an EEO/AA employer.


Selection Timeline

  1. Application deadline: Postmarked no later than January 29, 2018
  2. Finalists selected by Board of Education: February 13, 2018
  3. Interviews with Board of Education: February 20-22, 2018
  4. Target date to complete selection process: February 23, 2018
  5. Starting Date: July 1, 2018

Non-Discrimination Notice

Neither the district or anyone representing Douma Consulting Services discriminate based on gender, race, national origin, religion, creed, age, marital status, sexual orientation, or disability.