Barb Kruthoff
Barb Kruthoff
June 2, 2014

Barb Kruthoff is returning to the East Sac County School District this year to serve as interim superintendent.

The East Sac County School Board hired her during a special meeting Friday afternoon.

With nearly 40 years of experience in education, Kruthoff formerly spent eight years as superintendent and principal in the Wall Lake View Auburn district, then as shared superintendent between Wall Lake View Auburn and the Sac community school district, overseeing the consolidation of the two districts. Kruthoff stepped down in 2010 to allow the district to bring in a new leader for the newly formed East Sac County school district.

She spent the last three years working as a regional coordinator and faculty-development coordinator at Buena Vista University. Early in 2104 she decided to resign from the university, effective June 1, with a vague goal of stepping back into the K-12 system. When the interim position opened, she saw an opportunity to return to the district.

"Our own children have been through and some of our grandchildren are still in the district," said Kruthoff, who resides in Lake View. "Obviously I think a lot of the district, and thought I could be of help as they moved through the next year."

Kruthoff's contract is effective for one year. Her salary will be $91,000, and she will work approximately 28 hours per week while the board continues its search to fill the superintendent position on a more permanent basis.

Kruthoff spent many years as a family and consumer science and high school science teacher in what is now the East Sac County district. She moved for eight years to Manning schools, where she taught for seven years and took her first administrative position as superintendent before returning to Wall Lake View Auburn.

At Buena Vista University, Kruthoff worked with education students, helping them complete their student-teaching requirements. The experience highlighted some of the challenges teachers face in their first few years of their careers, as well as the need for strong models in student-teaching classrooms.

Kruthoff hopes to bring these observations to the district to strengthen professional development and the focus on student learning and expectations.

The district began searching for a superintendent since Kevin Fiene resigned in April. Fiene has taken a new position with the Interstate 35 School District, located about 30 miles south of Des Moines, in order to be closer to children and grandchildren in West Des Moines and Centerville.

The district initially sought to share a superintendent with the South Central Calhoun district, but South Central Calhoun opted to share with the Laurens-Marathon Community School District, located about 40 miles north of Rockwell City.

Other candidates interviewed for the position last week included Mark Fischer, current elementary principal in the district; Mark Egli, who would be shared with the Manson Northwest Webster Community School District; and Sharon Dentlinger, former Kuemper Catholic elementary principal and current assistant superintendent of the Sioux City Diocesan school district.