Ulrich is the choice for FDCSD superintendent

The Fort Dodge Community School District board announced on Monday its plans to hire Jesse Ulrich as the district’s new superintendent.

The hire is pending board approval at its next regular meeting March 26.

“I am honored and humbled to be selected as the superintendent of Fort Dodge Community School District,” Ulrich said in a written statement. “I was very impressed with the students, staff, and community leaders I met during the selection process and their passion to continue to improve teaching and learning for all the kids we serve. I look forward to having my family be a part of this wonderful community.”

Ulrich was one of four finalists for the job. He was also a finalist for the Webster City Community School District and Carroll School District superintendent positions.

He will become the 10th superintendent in the district’s history.

Ulrich currently serves as the superintendent for the AHSTW School District in Avoca. He formerly served as the superintendent/principal in Graetinger-Terril, Student Services Coordinator and 7th-grade teacher for the Dallas-Center Grimes, High school social studies teacher in Arizona and spent 3 years working at the Rabiner Treatment Center in Fort Dodge, IA. He recently completed his Ph.D. from Iowa State University in Educational Leadership. He also holds degrees and certifications from Iowa State, Buena Vista, and Iowa Central.

“The board is confident that Dr. Ulrich will bring the passion and commitment to excellence that the staff and community have come to expect,” Stu Cochrane, FDCSD board president said. “We feel fortunate to have Dr. Ulrich lead us in our ongoing mission where together we rise. We also want to thank the students, staff, and community members who participated in the selection process. Their time and commitment to the process is very much appreciated.”

Ulrich will begin his duties July 1.

Look for the full story in Tuesday’s Messenger.