Irwin will head PV

Lois Irwin has been approved as Prairie Valley Community School District superintendent.

The position has been jointly held for two years by Launi Dane, Southeast Webster Grand CSD superintendent, and Mark Egli, Manson Northwest Webster CSD superintendent. Egli oversaw finances and Dane oversaw personnel.

“She was approved Monday night at our (June 17) board meeting. She was approved unanimously,” Lisa Willardson, PVCSD district secretary, said. “I’m very excited about it. I think Lois comes with a great amount of experience and I think she will be wonderful in leading this district through its challenges.”

Irwin will be working only part time. This criteria made it difficult to find a superintendent, according to Dane.

“They weren’t looking for someone full time. That was the first criteria, was to save a little money they were looking for someone who would come in less than full time,” Dane said. “She will be 80 percent.”

Dane said she was pleased the district has found a superintendent, and looks forward to working with Irwin again as Prairie Valley and Southeast Webster Grand continue to discuss whole grade sharing.

“It will be great to work with her. We were both at the Department of Education,” she said. “We worked together for a year.”

Irwin formerly served as Buena Vista University of Fort Dodge director. A native and current resident of Lohrville, Irwin has spent more than 30 years in education. Her roles have included teacher, guidance counselor and principal, and she’s served at all grade levels.

Irwin received her first graduate degree from Adams State College in Alamosa, Colo. In 1996, she received her doctorate in educational administration from Drake University.

Before joining Buena Vista in 2012, Irwin worked for 10 years at the Iowa Department of Education as a school improvement consultant. Her primary responsibility involved accreditation. Irwin left the Department of Education through an early retirement incentive.

Irwin begins in July for the 2013-14 school year.