Central Iowa superintendents in line for Prairie job

The school board expects to make a decision during a closed session Feb. 25

CEDAR RAPIDS ó College Community is considering two central Iowa superintendents for the school districtís top leadership position.

Greg DuFoe and John Speer are the finalists to replace Superintendent Dick Whitehead, who is retiring after nine years with College Community.

Since 2008, DuFoe has been superintendent of Adel-DeSoto-Minburn schools, a consolidated district west of Des Moines that covers 144 square miles and has about 1,500 students. Before that he was a principal and curriculum director in Liberty, Mo., and an eighth-grade teacher in Center Point-Urbana.

Speer has led Ballard schools, a consolidated district north of Des Moines that covers 85 square miles and serves about 1,700 students, since 2006. Before that he was superintendent of the Allamakee district, a principal at Independence and East Buchanan schools and a high school language arts teacher at Independence.

Each candidate had a salary of about $120,000 during the 2010-2011 school year, according to the Iowa Department of Education. Whitehead, was paid $150,127 that year.

Speer and DuFoe will be on the College Community campus today and Thursday to meet with members of the faculty, staff and community. The school board expects to make a decision to hire one of them during a closed session Saturday.

Johnson-based Tryon and Associates is being paid $12,000 plus expenses to conduct the superintendent search.

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