72°FFairFull Forecast

Creston Schools superintendent finalists named

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 11:44 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013 11:10 a.m. CDT

Names are in.

The two finalists for Creston School District’s superintendent position have been named. Brad Baker, current Creston Elementary School principal, and Steve McDermott, current Newton School District superintendent, are vying for the position.


McDermott, originally from Greenfield, graduated from Westmar College with a bachelor’s degree in art education and coaching. He went on to graduate from Drake University, earning his specialist’s degree and master’s degree in pre-K through 12 education administration. His post-graduate course work was in effective teaching.

McDermott has been the superintendent at Newton Schools for 11 years. Before that, he was superintendent at Nodaway Valley School District for three years, and a principal for the school district before that for five years.

McDermott is not married. He has three children, two in college and one in high school.


Baker holds an associate’s degree from Southwestern Community College. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Westmar College and a master’s degree from Iowa State University. He attended University of Northern Iowa, where he earned a degree in advanced studies, superintendency.

Baker has been Creston School elementary principal for the past 12 years. He is married to his wife, Becky, and together they have three daughters and one son.


The finalists will undergo a day full of interviews. Baker’s interviews will be Wednesday, and McDermott’s will be Thursday. The candidates will be interviewed by four different focus groups throughout the day: administrator, support staff, teacher and parent/community. After the focus groups, the candidates will meet with Creston School District Board of Education. All interviews are closed to the public.

A decision is likely to be made public late this week or early next week.

Reader Poll

What returning TV show are you most excited for this fall?
Empire (FOX)
Big Bang Theory (CBS)
The Voice (NBC)