The East Union School Board is pleased to announce that Mr. Ken Kasper has accepted the offer to serve as the new Superintendent. The pool included 17 candidates. Based on application materials, references, and feedback from the formal interview process it was clear that Mr. Kasper was a great fit to lead the district. The desired qualifications for the position included:
- Builds school and community relations
- Visible in the school and community
- Strong instructional leadership
- Effectively manages district resources
- Is approachable and open-minded
- Follows through on tasks/responsibilities
Ken currently serves as the Secondary Principal and Athletic Director for Alburnett Schools in Alburnett, IA. Prior to his tenure at Alburnett he served as an Assistant Principal/AD for Vinton-Shellsburg Schools and Alternative School Coordinator for Forest City Schools. He has led multiple building initiatives and efforts. Most notably, his school piloted Femineers the program. In conjunction with the University of Iowa's Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) program to be the first Femineer affiliate school in the nation outside of California. Femineers inspires and empowers a “learn by doing”, project-based learning STEM approach. He has also led the development and plans for their alternative school center, as well as partnering with administration, staff, and the board of education to continuously nurture a mindset that develops and sustains academic excellence and innovative programming.
Ken was excited to accept the position saying, “I am truly honored to be chosen to serve the East Union Community School District. I plan to hit the ground learning as much as possible about our schools and community so that we can build on our strengths and continue to improve. By listening, learning, and applying what we learn, we will be in a great position to define common goals, align resources, and take strategic action.”
Ken will officially begin his duties on July 1, 2018. Please welcome Ken and his family to the district and community.