The Ottumwa Community School District announced the filling of three different leadership positions within the district.
David Eaton was named the new Principal of Douma Elementary. Eaton has served the district for nearly 30 years as an elementary teacher, Summer School Director, and more.
Brandon Brooks, a former Ottumwa Schools teacher from 2013-19, is the new Activities Director. Brooks will replace the retiring Scott Maas, on July 1st, pending board approval.
Executive Director of Teaching and Learning, Aiddy Phomvisay, has been tabbed as the Principal of the Alternative Learning Center, which will open in August.
Phomvisay appeared on Dialogue on KBIZ and said he’s excited to get started.
“it’s about the vision of being the best and excellence in all that we do and providing for all of our students, especially a learning center that going to be state of the art.”
The Alternative Learning Center will be located on Gateway Drive. Phomvisay says the building is currently undergoing a $4.1 million renovation. Phomvisay discussed some of his goals.
“We’re going to make a huge difference in our graduation rate, decrease the dropouts. But more importantly give students hope, Give them opportunity for them to excel, and be succesful in life and that’s what it’s all about.”
Ottumwa Schools’ graduation rate for the 2019-20 school year was 88.9 percent, up 2.3 percent from the previous year. The graduation rate for the 2020-21 school year has not yet been released. Iowa’s average graduation rate two years ago was 91.8 percent.