Creston Community School District will soon have a director of learning. Kevin Teno of Sioux Central Community School District will start in Creston July 1.
During the regularly scheduled school board meeting Monday, Creston Superintendent Steve McDermott said Teno was hired.
“I have, under those consent items, the hiring of Mr. Kevin Teno as our new director of learning specialist,” McDermott said.
Teno’s contract is 240 days, with pay of $84,000.
“The decision to hire Kevin was made last week. Interviews were processed the week before that, and, actually, the decision to create this position was made by the school board last summer,” McDermott said.
Creston School Board attempted to hire someone for the position in the fall, but a match wasn’t found. Teno was one of approximately 20 applicants.
As director of learning, Teno will oversee all learning in the school district.
“Which includes special education, which includes general education, which includes adult education and professional development,” McDermott said. “Also included in this job is curriculum development.”
Several responsibilities in the job description were taken out after the first round of applicants didn’t work. They were things such as Title 1 reading, English language learners and at-risk programming. Instead, principals at Creston elementary, middle and high schools have taken on those responsibilities
“Bigger picture-wise, this person is really responsible for keeping the vision of the improvement of instruction and learning,” McDermott said.
“According to what we needed, the experience and background we needed, he just brought, we felt he brought the most to the position,” McDermott said. “His experience with a range of students, and also he’s well-reputed in terms of data management and analysis, and we really feel that’s something we need help with.”
Teno is a graduate of Winterset High School. He attended Simpson College in Indianola, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. He went on to earn a master’s degree in talented and gifted education from University of Northern Iowa in Waterloo, and administrative certification and specialist degree from Drake University in Des Moines.
He currently is employed by Sioux Central Community School District as elementary principal.