School board selects new superintendent

By Xiomara Levsen, The JOURNAL


Friday morning, the Washington School Board announced it selected a new superintendent.

According to a news release from the school board, they decided to offer the position to William Stone, who accepted.

Stone will come to Washington with 13 years of experience as a superintendent. He will leaves his current position as superintendent in the Southwest Valley Community School District, which has Corning and Villisca Community Schools in it.

Stone will start his position in Washington on July 1.

The news release also said the school board has decided to end its superintendent sharing agreement with WACO School effective July 1. The reason stated in the news release for this decision is because they want Stone to become familiar with the Washington School District and community.

In March, the school board accepted Jeff Dicks? resignation as superintendent of the Washington Community School District, as reported in The Journal.

Dicks accepted a position in his former school district as superintendent.

At a special school board meeting March 13, the board decided the timeline for selecting a new superintendent. They decided to have applications due April 6.

A subcommittee of school board President Eric Turner and board members Stephanie Ellingson and Jason Hamilton would review the applicants and select five to move on to the interviewing process.

The first week of interviews was held April 16 and 18.

Last Friday, it was announced that Stone and Spence Evans, the high school principal for the Ames Community School District in Ames, were the two finalists selected for a second interview.

The second set of interviews were held April 23 and 25, with the decision announced Friday morning.