OHS Superintendent Named Finalist for Newton Job


For the second consecutive year, the superintendent of the Ottumwa Community School District is a finalist for superintendent’s job in another city.

The Newton Daily News reported Tuesday morning that Nicole Kooiker has been named one three finalists to become the new superintendent of the Newton Community School District. Last year, Kooiker was a finalist for the superintendent’s job at Lewis Central, in Council Bluffs.

The Newton school board announced the three finalists Monday evening at its regular meeting. The Newton board and its search firm screened eight semifinalists last week, and selected three current superintendents as finalists: Kooiker, along with Chad Straight of Belle Plaine and Thomas Messinger of Red Oak. The three finalists emerged from an initial field of 31 candidates.

Kooiker became Ottumwa’s superintendent in 2016 after having spent three years as the superintendent at West Marshall. She and the other finalists will be invited to Newton on February 20th for a series of formal interviews. It’s not known when the Newton district will make a final decision.

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