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Waukee schools announce finalists for school superintendent position after scathing audit and resignations

WAUKEE, IOWA – The Waukee Community School District Board of Education is announced this week that they have selected three candidates to interview for their superintendent vacancy.

The candidates selected for interviews are:

Dr. Bradley A. Buck – Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Mr. Matthew A. Smith – Des Moines, Iowa
Dr. Christopher J. Hines – Shenandoah, Texas

Interviews are scheduled to be conducted the week of April 22, 2019. Numerous stakeholder groups will have the opportunity to meet the final candidates and submit input to the board about each candidate. The Board intends to make their selection by April 26, 2019.

The Waukee CSD retained the services of McPherson & Jacobson L.L.C. to assist in conducting their search. The consultants reviewed, screened, and conducted extensive background checks on 21 applicants. On Monday, April 15, the consultants presented the applicants to the Board of Education and provided them detailed background information on each applicant. The board selected the three candidates mentioned above as finalists.

After the superintendent has been hired, the consultants will facilitate a Board/Superintendent workshop to assist in the establishment of performance objectives for the new superintendent.

The search for a new superintendent was necessary after Superintendent Cindi McDonald announced in January she will retire from public education at the end of the current school year. Waukee schools – a district in the suburbs of Des Moines – was accused back in December of 2018 of blowing tens-of-thousands of dollars on “improper disbursements” like fancy lounge chairs for the Superintendent’s office and a financial officer has been suspended. This possible malfeasance was uncovered after a state audit report was released.

Also as a result of the audit, Chief Operating Officer of Waukee Schools, Eric Rose, was arrested on felony charges. Media reports indicate Rose had a school district snow blower at his house and had district employees run his errands.

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