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Flaherty announced as next Duncombe principal

The Fort Dodge Community School District announced on Monday the next principal for Duncombe Elementary School.

Ryan Flaherty, the current Fort Dodge Middle School principal, will become the principal at Duncombe beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, the district announced in a press release.

Pat Reding, the current Duncombe principal, is retiring at the end of this school year. Flaherty’s replacement at FDMS has yet to be announced.

“Mr. Flaherty brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his new role at Duncombe Elementary,” Superintendent Jesse Ulrich said in a written statement. “His passion to meet the needs of all kids, willingness to partner with parents and families and desire to help our staff develop and grow will continue to make Duncombe Elementary a great place to learn and work.”

Flaherty, a native of Davenport, began his career with the FDCSD as a counselor at Phillips Middle School.

Later, he served as principal at Feelhaver Elementary School for the 2012-13 school year.

Following that role, he became an assistant principal at FDMS for about two years before leaving to take an administrative position with the Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency in 2015.

Flaherty worked out of the PLAEA Fort Dodge office, 1235 Fifth Ave S. There, he supervised AEA staff members who served Fort Dodge schools, both public and private. The staff he supervised worked with students with special needs or an individualized educational plan for special education.

In 2017, he returned to FDMS as principal.

Flaherty’s experience also includes time as an assistant principal at Riverside Elementary School. He received his administrative endorsement from the Iowa Principal Leadership Academy in 2013.

“I look forward to building relationships with the students, staff and parents of Duncombe Elementary to collaborate toward authentic learning experiences for all of the students,” Flaherty said. “I am passionate about education, and I welcome the opportunity to continue to share this passion with the students, families and the community of Fort Dodge.”

Flaherty’s appointment and contract is anticipated to be approved at a future FDCSD board meeting.