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West Lyon will have our annual Kindergarten/Transitional Kindergarten Roundup on Thursday, February 22 at 7:00pm in the new Early Childhood Wing.  Any child who will turn 5 before September 15, 2018, may register.  We are asking you to bring your child along.  They will be doing some activities with the teachers in their classrooms.  Please call the school before February 22 to register your child.  We also are asking that you bring a copy of their birth certificate that evening as well. If your child attended TK this year you do not need to attend.

West Lyon Superintendent Search

Press Release:  West Lyon Community School District

West Lyon Community School District will conduct interviews to select a Superintendent of Schools for the 2018-19 school year.  Interviews will take place on February 20th and 22nd and will include four candidates chosen by the Board of Education at their meeting on February 13th.

Les Douma, of Douma Consulting, has worked with the Board of Education and Focus Groups consisting of teachers, support staff, parents/community members, and administration to narrow the pool of candidates to four.  

The finalists for Superintendent include Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Middle School Principal Mark Dorhout, West Lyon High School Principal Doug Jiskoot, Iowa Valley High School Principal Shawn Kreman, and Prairie Lakes AEA Regional Administrator Dr. Kevin Lein.

Dorhout and Jiskoot will be interviewed by the Board and Focus Groups on February 20th.  Kreman and Lein will be interviewed on February 22nd.  It’s the Board’s intention to select a Superintendent and offer a contract following interviews on the 22nd.

Mark Dorhout has been the Middle School Principal at H-M-S since 2004. He also serves as the District’s Curriculum Director.  Prior to his employment at H-M-S, Mr. Dorhout was the MS Principal at West Delaware CSD in Manchester, Iowa.  He has served on the SAI Rep Council from 2002-2004.  Mark is known to be passionate about education, is a servant leader, and a tremendous role model for others.

Doug Jiskoot has been the High School Principal at West Lyon since 1997.  He graduated from Northwestern College and received his Superintendent endorsement from the University of Northern Iowa.  Doug has served on The School Administrators of Iowa Legislative Committee in 2013 and 2016.  He was named the FCCLA Iowa Administrator of the Year in 2017.  Colleagues say that Doug has a strong background in technology, is professional in the way he handles people and situations, and loves West Lyon.

Shawn Kreman is the 7-12 Principal at Iowa Valley CSD in Marengo, Iowa.  He has held that position since 2009.  Mr. Kreman was selected as the SE Iowa District Official of the Year in 2013 and again in 2018.  Shawn is the “go to” person in his district and has a strong technology background.  He’s very community-minded and is also the leader of the SIAC team in Iowa Valley.

Dr. Kevin Lein is currently the Regional Administrator for Prairie Lakes AEA in Jefferson, Iowa.  Dr. Lein was also the High School Principal for Harrisburg, SD from 2010 to 2017.  He received the Hochsprung Memorial Award for Heroism in 2016 and was the South Dakota Principal of the Year in 2017.  Dr. Lein always puts students first when making decisions.  He communicates well and is known to be a man of great integrity.


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