McGrory Selected as Ottumwa Schools Superintendent


After a search that began over a month ago and involved a pool of nearly 40 candidates, the Ottumwa Community School District (OCSD) selected its new superintendent Thursday night.

Mike McGrory has been tabbed as Ottumwa’s next superintendent. McGrory is currently the Associate Superintendent at Muscatine Community Schools. He has a history with Ottumwa, having served as the principal at Evans Middle School 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. 

McGrory was one of two finalists who participated in a series of interviews on Thursday. The process ended when the Ottumwa school board unanimously selected McGrory for the superintendent position.

McGrory replaces Nicole Kooiker who stepped down in early May to be the Deputy Superintendent in the Cedar Rapids Community School District.

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