INDEPENDENCE — Applications for a new Independence Community Schools’ superintendent have been received by the Board of Education.

Board members recently reviewed applications in closed session as they worked to identify potential interview candidates. Superintendent Jean Peterson, who has led the district since 2010, will retire June 30.

“Our search firm, Grundmeyer Leader, said we have a very strong applicant pool,” said Laura Morine, the district’s finance director and the board’s secretary. “The best applicant pool he had seen in a long time.”


Grundmeyer Leader Search of Des Moines has been hired by the board to guide its efforts in finding a new superintendent. “They’ve done an amazing job for us,” said Morine.

She noted the board has agreed to keep information related to the applicants confidential, including how many submitted resumes.

Another closed session will be held Monday to conduct preliminary phone screenings with potential candidates. Some of them would be chosen to visit the district Jan. 29 for interviews with stakeholder groups and the board in closed session. Individuals will be invited to participate in stakeholder groups that include community, business, staff and students.

“The number of candidates we bring back is dependent on our conversations on the 22nd,” said Morine.

She expects the board to set a special meeting to approve hiring a new superintendent following the Jan. 29 meeting.