OSAGE - An elementary principal in the Southeast Polk School District near Des Moines will serve as the Osage School District's next superintendent.

Steve Bass, one of four candidates, was offered the job by school board members during a special meeting Monday and officially accepted the position Wednesday. He succeeds Superintendent Steve Williams, who will retire at the end of the school year.

Bass and his wife, Karla, grew up in Charles City. He is a 1986 graduate of the University of Northern Iowa and taught and coached wrestling in Mason City from 1992 to 1998.

Bass served the past 10 years at Southeast Polk. He will assume the duties at Osage in June.

"I'm looking forward to getting back to the area where I grew up," said Bass, who likes the timing for the move.

"I was very selective about where I applied. I wanted the right place. When Osage came up, I knew it was a strong community and a great school district."

The couple's youngest son, Ethan, will graduate from Southeast Polk this spring and play football for UNI in the fall.

"Now we'll be closer to him and the football games coming up," Bass noted.

The Basses also have an older son, Seth, a student at Grand View College in Des Moines.

Karla Bass is a dental hygienist.

Contact David Namanny at newsroom@wcfcourier.com.

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