RUTHVEN The Ruthven-Ayrshire Community School District will have a new set of hands on the controls for the next school year. In a special meeting on Friday, April 27, Andrew Woiwood of Blairsburg was hired to become Superintendent of the Ruthven-Ayrshire schools for the 2012-2013 school year.
The hiring comes after current superintendent, Dr. Norene Bunt, submitted her resignation from the position in March of this year. A total of 13 candidates submitted applications for the Ruthven-Ayrshire superintendent's position. A search committee comprised of instructors from the district conducted interviews of the candidates and whittled the list down to seven possibilities, which were then interviewed by the Ruthven-Ayrshire School Board.
Woiwood earned the final nod with his educational background and resume'. He holds a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Northern Iowa and earned his Masters' Degree from Drake University. In his career as an educator, Woiwood has taught in the Arnolds Park and Okoboji Community Schools before obtaining his administrators certification. As a principal, Woiwood has served in the Dexfield and Pocahontas Area Community School Districts before serving the Twin River and Northeast Hamilton Community School Districts as a Superintendent.
According to RA School Board President Ray Grandstaff, the quality of applicants for the Superintendent's position was very strong. "We had highly qualified applicants for the position and we were very pleased with everyone."
Grandstaff noted that Woiwood's vision for the future of the Ruthven-Ayrshire was another major factor in the board's decision to bring him on board.
"A push for student achievement was on the top of his list," Grandstaff said. "He also has had some experience in academic sharing, which is something we've been thinking about for our own district."
Woiwood will officially begin his duties at Ruthven-Ayrshire on July 1.