Keota gets new principal
KEOTA — During a special meeting Thursday evening, the Keota School Board voted unanimously to hire Steve Seid to be the new principal and activities director for the Keota district.
Keota Schools Superintendent Mark Schneider said that Seid had been chosen out of six candidates who had applied for the position.
“In talking to his former superintendent, and in talking to the former executive director of School Administrators of Iowa — who I personally know and he personally knows — I believe he will build a great relationship with the students,” Schneider said. “His strength will be individual relationships. He will be able to really create great one-on-one relationships and he obviously cares greatly about students.”
Seid, 52, of Des Moines was the middle-school principal for Clarke from 2005 to 2007. He then spent five years as the middle-school principal in Saydel. Seid left that position when the district reduced the number of principals and he had the least seniority. After the 2012 school year, he spent several months collecting data on school administrators for a national scholastic organization. He most recently was interim superintendent for Clarke Community School District. Schneider said that Seid had been an administrator for 22 years. He has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, a master’s degree in educational leadership and a specialist degree qualifying him to be a superintendent. He was also one of the finalists for Iowa Middle School Principal of the Year award.
Schneider said he is concerned the Keota community would have “sticker shock” with Seid becoming principal. He said that Seid would be paid an $83,000 yearly salary with a $100,440 total package. He said that former principal Lisa Brenneman had been making $73,000 per year. He said the increase is because Seid doesn’t need the school district to provide health insurance, so the money was converted to salary.
Originally, when the search started, salary range was $70,000 to $73,000. There was also additional money offered based on experience.
“He is the best fit for the Keota School District,” Schneider said. “He is the best fit for us and that will benefit the students. I felt if we had to choose another, it would be a quality candidate, but I wouldn’t have felt he or she was the best fit. You want the best for the students.”
Schneider said Seid and his wife live in Des Moines. He said that he would be getting a room in Keota while keeping his residence in Des Moines. His wife is the associate superintendent at West Des Moines School District.
Seid will be in the school district next week, Schneider said.