Independence School District Announces Three Finalists for Superintendent

The Independence Community School District has announced the three finalists for their superintendent position.

They include Marty Jimmerson, the superintendent at AGWSR School District in Ackley; Russell Reiter, the superintendent at Oskaloosa Community School District; and Dr. Jesse Ulrich, the superintendent at the AHSTW School District in Avoca.

Marty Jimmerson – Mr. Jimmerson is the superintendent at AGWSR School District in Ackley, IA. In the last 4 years he has also served as the high school principal. He has led improvements in both student achievement and financial stability for the district. Marty is engaged in economic development and civic groups throughout his district. He also oversaw the completion of a $7.2 million construction project of a new elementary school. Marty is known for his professional approach to difficult situations, focus on student achievement, and visioning with the school board.

Russell Reiter – Mr. Reiter has served the last 12 years as the Oskaloosa Community School District Superintendent in Oskaloosa, IA. Prior to his tenure at Oskaloosa, he served as the superintendent for the Mt. Ayr School District. He currently serves on the Iowa High School Athletic Association Board of Controls and is active in the community with civic organizations and economic development. Under his leadership, his current district has made various partnerships with local businesses to provide new programs and opportunities. Russell is known as a professional role-model with a strong work ethic and focus on what is best for students.

Dr. Jesse Ulrich-Dr. Ulrich currently serves as the superintendent for the AHSTW School District in Avoca, IA.  In his 6 years as superintendent, he has enacted a vision through strong communication skills and a clear focus on student achievement. He has led multiple successful public referendums and building projects. He also has been instrumental in expanding curricular opportunities for students which include Project Lead the Way and a 1:1 laptop initiative among others. References acknowledged he is an “exceptional problem solver,” “strong communicator,” and “servant leader”. He recently completed his Ph.D. from Iowa State University in Educational Leadership.

One of the three will replace current Independence superintendent Jean Peterson, who will be retiring on June 30th.

A total of 26 candidates applied for the position – six of whom were from outside the state of Iowa.

The three finalists will come to Independence on Monday, with teachers, administrators, parents, students and other community members getting the chance to participate in interviews with them. The school board plans to make a decision soon after reviewing the community’s feedback.


(photos courtesy of Independence Community School District)