Sigourney School Board extends superintendent's contract

The Sigourney School Board extended Superintendent Dave Harper's contract by another year to complete a three-year revolving contract.

Sigourney, Iowa- The Sigourney School Board placed a vote of confidence in the district’s top administrator on June 13, extending Superintendent Dave Harper’s contract by another year to continue a revolving three-year contract, and increasing his pay to $130,000. Harper said that he is pleased with the support the board has provided him.


“I am excited about continuing my work here as Superintendent of Schools for Sigourney.  We have accomplished a lot over the last four years and I am looking forward to what the future will bring us,” he said.


Harper has been Superintendent of the district since the 2014-2015 school year, having previously served as an administrator in the Ottumwa and Pekin School districts.


The board also approved several coaching and teaching contracts. Alan Sellers will be taking over as the Junior High head football coach, while Bruce Hahn will be assistant coach. Cory VanDenheuvel will also be taking over as the head wrestling coach for the High School. In addition, Brandy Stangl was hired to fill the open Special Education position at the elementary school.


The board also approved a crisis plan that was developed to address potential hazards the district could face at any time. Harper said at the board meeting that the plan had been developed after meetings with area authorities, including the Sigourney Police Department.


“This plan is never going to be finished,” Harper said in talking about how the plan was developed.


For more on this story and others, catch the June 20 edition of the News-Review.