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Anderson named to head South Central Calhoun

New superintendent begins on July 1

By CHAD THOMPSON

cthompson@messengernews.net

ROCKWELL CITY — Brad Anderson has accepted an offer to become the South Central Calhoun Community School District superintendent, the SCC school board announced.

Anderson previously served as superintendent at Woodward-Granger CSD for eight years. He also spent five years as elementary principal at Woodward-Granger.

He’s looking forward to the opportunity.

“South Central Calhoun has a proud and rich tradition of academics and activities,” Anderson said. “It is one that I have admired for years and one that I believe my skill sets could contribute to and improve the growth of the system. In addition, the communities are a place that I would love to continue raising my family.”

Anderson’s hire at SCC is set to become official at the April 2 school board meeting. He will replace Jeff Kruse, who announced his departure earlier in the year.

“As superintendent, Mr. Anderson was instrumental in starting both a 3 and 4-year-old preschool, along with a before and after school program,” the SCC school board wrote in a statement. “He also implemented Professional Learning Communities and district wide MTSS and has taken on multiple building and remodeling projects.”

One of Anderson’s accomplishments as a superintendent includes helping to pass a $10 million bond issue that upgraded WGCSD facilities.

He worked cooperatively with Des Moines Area Community College to bring a Regional Agricultural Center to WGCSD.

In 2014, Anderson was named the Iowa Arts Administrator of the Year.

“Brad’s prior superintendent experience will be an asset to our district as we move forward,” said Judy Hungate, SCC school board president. “He has a clear understanding of Uowa finance and has proven leadership capacity to improve a district. The board is excited to work with Brad and welcome him and his family to South Central Calhoun.”

While at WGCSD, Anderson also helped write and receive multiple grants. Some of those grants include: the Iowa Preschool Program Grant, Myrna Mayfield Math Instruction and Learning Grant and the Teacher Leadership and Compensation Grant.

Anderson earned his bachelor’s degree in science from Northwest Missouri State in 1998. He holds a master’s degree in educational leadership and policy studies from Iowa State University in 2003. He earned his specialist degree in educational leadership from ISU in 2009.

Throughout his career in education, Anderson also served two years as elementary principal and six years as an elementary teacher at United CSD in Boone.

As a superintendent, he has been the special education director, transportation director, curriculum director and Title I coordinator.

Anderson will begin his duties July 1.

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