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Lance Ridgely
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Lance Ridgely

West Central Valley School New Superintendent Announced


The district is pleased to announce that Lance Ridgely has been hired to serve as the new West Central Valley Superintendent.  He will begin duties officially on July 1, 2018.


Lance was identified as the successful candidate after a thorough hiring process.  Grundmeyer Leader Search LLC was hired to help with the recruiting and hiring process.  The position resulted in a pool of 23 total applicants. All applicants were objectively screened and multiple initial interviews were conducted.  After screening multiple candidates, two finalists were invited to the district for formal interviews with students, community members, parents, teachers and administrators.  Feedback from the formal interviews affirmed the school board’s decision make an offer to Mr. Ridgely.


Lance Ridgely has served in a variety of leadership roles and currently serves as the East Union Superintendent and Athletic Director.  He has been a superintendent, principal, curriculum director, and activities director.  He has also worked with Northwest Evaluation Association facilitating NWEA workshops for professional development with staff primarily working with schools aligned with the Bureau of Indian Education.  Mr. Ridgely has worked with AIW initiatives, led in delivery professional development aligned to the Iowa Core, begun technology initiatives in district, and upgraded district facilities.  His various leadership experiences, proven focus on student achievement, and ability to build school and community relations will be an asset to the district.


Harry Light, West Central Valley Board President said, “We value the input from all the people involved in the hiring process and feel like we have selected the best person for the job.  We look forward to working with Lance.”  Lance said, “I’m extremely excited to be extended this offer and humbled that the Board has chosen me to lead the West Central Valley Schools. I’ve heard it said that ‘Excellence is a journey, not a destination’. I’m excited to join WCV as we strive for Excellence in the Classroom - Excellence in the Arts & Excellence in the Arena. I plan to be a learning leader, a listener and actively visible throughout the schools and communities that make up West Central Valley. Go Wildcats!”

It is the policy of West Central Valley Community School District not to illegally discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), genetic information (for employment), sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its educational programs and its employment practices.