School News

Announcing The Appointment Of The New Superintendent Of Schools

Replacing a superintendent like Dr. Stilwell is not something that is easy to do. Especially seeing results from recent data that showed his focus on Quality and Continual Improvement has and will continue to make a positive impact on the education of the children in our district.

We are proud to announce that we have selected Mr. Steve Bass as our next Urbandale School District Superintendent. Bass comes to Urbandale with a great deal of hands-on experience through his role at Southeast Polk Community School District as an elementary principal for eleven years and Osage Community School District where he has been superintendent for the last six years.

Steve Bass 2015

Bass is enthusiastic about his new role with Urbandale saying, “I am extremely excited to start working with teachers, staff and students in the school district and with the people in the greater Urbandale community. I am honored to be selected for this position and look forward to building positive relationships and to help move the district forward with its initiatives.”

We should be proud of the process we used to select Steve Bass as our next Superintendent of Urbandale Community School District. The nationwide search allowed us to receive 41 qualified applicants. Our board search committee utilized the results of a community survey to help narrow the field to ten prospective candidates. The entire board then reviewed the final ten, and after many hours were finally able to narrow the field to five. The final five were each given a Skype interview with the board, which allowed us to narrow the field to three candidates. Final interviews involved over 60 people from our community, consisting of community members, teachers and administrators. Each of these groups interviewed each candidate for an hour, then scored each and provided feedback.

The board then spent 90 minutes with each candidate. Once the interviews were completed the board reviewed all data and feedback from the three groups. The board then took several days to process the information individually before coming together and reaching a consensus that Steve Bass would be the best candidate to lead our district.

We want to thank everyone for their help in this process and their commitment to making Urbandale the best school district that it is!

Sincerely,
Urbandale School District Board of Directors