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A conversation with Superintendent McDermott

Published: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 9:54 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 10:37 a.m. CDT

Steve McDermott is Creston School District’s superintendent as of July 1, after former interim superintendent Chuck Scott’s final day June 30. McDermott is in the process of purchasing a house in the Creston area to make a move from Newton.

McDermott, originally from Greenfield, graduated from Westmar College with a bachelor’s degree in art education and coaching. He graduated from Drake University with a specialist’s degree and master’s degree in pre-K through 12 education administration. He was the superintendent of Newton Community Schools for 11 years. Before that, he was superintendent at Nodaway Valley School District for three years, and a principal for the NV School District before that for five years.

Q: What are you looking forward to the most as superintendent of Creston?

A: “Just learning as much as I can about the school district. I’m fairly familiar with the community, but there’s a lot to learn, I know. And then, I just look forward to getting started. Working with staff members and families and kids, and getting to know folks.”

Q: What would be your priorities as superintendent?

A: “Student learning is always top priority. But then, after that, just coming in, listening to board members, community, staff members. ... To continue working on instruction, to build on the positives there, to make sure we have a strong handle on student behavior. Parental involvement is really key. And then, technology and how it gets used as an instructional tool. ... One of my main focal points is just to do whatever I can to help build some unity and pull people together.”

Q: What do you like about the area?

A: “As always, the people make a community. There are just a lot of terrific people in this community, and a lot of great kids. A lot of great youngsters, and that’s really what we’re in the business for. I spend a lot of time with many factors in this job, but I always have to remember that those kids and those faces are really what we’re serving.”

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