FDCSD appoints new M.S. administrators

Staff positions in the Fort Dodge Community School District are being filled for the 2013-14 school year.

Ed Birnbaum, Fort Dodge Senior High assistant principal, has been named as the new principal of Fort Dodge Middle School. The FDCSD board approved the appointment at its regular meeting June 10.

Ryan Flaherty, Feelhaver Elementary principal, has been asked to serve as assistant principal of the middle school.

“Ed (Birnbaum) has been approved by the board as middle school principal,” Jennifer Lane, FDCSD director of communications, said. “Ryan has been offered and accepted the position and will be assistant principal pending board approval.”

Birnbaum said being principal of the new middle school, which will begin its first year in August, will be a “fun task.”

“I’m very excited to serve the Fort Dodge school district and the Fort Dodge community in that capacity,” he said. “I know it’s going to be exciting for the community to have a new building where their students can come to and learn. I think it will be fun for me as a staff member to go into that building and be the lead principal.”

Flaherty has been with the FDCSD for three years. He served as Feelhaver Elementary principal in 2012-13, as co-principal of both Feelhaver and Riverside elementaries with Bruce Hartley in 2011-12, and, in his first year, served as an eighth-grade counselor at Phillips Middle School.

Flaherty said he was excited about the new position.

“I think it’s a cool opportunity with a new building, with two schools coming together,” he said. “I think it’s an exciting opportunity and I’m really fortunate to be a part of it.”

The school board is expected to approve Flaherty at its next meeting on Monday.

Vacant positions are being filled with new hires, as well.

Stacey Cole, Aurelia Elementary principal and Alta-Aurelia district curriculum director, has been hired as FDCSD director of curriculum, instruction and assessment, replacing Sue Wood.

Lane said the new additions are welcome as hiring and appointments continue for the new school year.

“I think we’re making good progress,” she said. “We’re pleased with how the administrative team is filling out, and the strengths these people can bring to the district will be very beneficial in moving things forward.”

Contracts for the 2013-14 school year begin in July.