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Iowa City board still deciding on new superintendent

Brad Meeks.

The Iowa City Community School Board is still trying to figure out who it wants to be its next superintendent.

Farmington superintendent Brad Meeks is one of three finalists for the position.

The Iowa City board held a 2 1/2-hour closed meeting Sunday to discuss three finalists for its soon-to-be vacant superintendent position but came away without a consensus. School board president Patti Fields said the board is still working through its process.

"One of the things that certainly is a good thing for us is that we have three excellent candidates," Fields said Monday.

Fields couldn't comment on the specifics of Sunday's closed-door discussion but said board members spent the time discussing their impressions of Meeks and the other two finalists -- Elk River superintendent Mark Bezek and Wausau, Wis., superintendent Steve Murley.

Those three finalists were selected from a group of six initial candidates. All three had second interviews last week.

Fields said the board is looking for a candidate with strong communication skills, a background in education and a record of success.

"We're looking for someone who's fiscally astute yet has strong skills in government," she said.

Of Meeks, Fields would say only he has "a wealth of experience."

The Iowa City board has superintendent search update on the agenda for its April 27 regular board meeting and Fields said there is still time to add a closed session if the board wants to talk more about the candidates. She said the board hopes to have a decision soon.

"We'd like to have something to announce sometime this week," she said.

Meeks has been Farmington's superintendent since 2003, when he came to the district from Aberdeen, S.D. He said his wife, an Iowa native, pointed out the position in the 11,000-student Iowa City district. Meeks' son, Devin, signed a letter of intent last year to swim for the University of Iowa in Iowa City.

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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