At the May 15 Board of Education Meeting, directors approved the appointment of Karen Allison - Herbert Hoover Elementary Principal and Brian Walthart - Paul Norton Elementary Principal beginning with the 2017-2018 school year.
Karen Allison has been the principal of Shuler Elementary in Waukee, IA since 2010. She also serves on the district school improvement team in planning, organizing and coordinating district initiatives. 2006-2010 she was an elementary assistant principal in Waukee Community School. She served as an elementary teacher in Waukee Community School as well as schools in Victorville and Corona California.
Allison is a member of School Administrators of Iowa, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and National Association of Elementary School Principals. She has experience working with best practice through Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), a process the Bettendorf Community School District is implementing to help improve student achievement. She also has a master of education degree in educational administration from Iowa State University.
Brian Walthart is currently a middle school assistant principal/athletic director and a district administrator in the Muscatine Community School District. He served in the Muscatine CSD as principal at Washington Elementary School, 2010-2016. 2005-2010 he worked in the Iowa City Community School District in positions as assistant principal, math area resources specialist, and 5th/6th grade teacher.
Walthart has experience implementing the Positive Behavior Supports and the Data Teams process in all grade-level PLCs. He also has a master of arts degree in educational administration from the University of Iowa.
Current Herbert Hoover Principal Jeff Johannsen will be retiring at the end of the year after 23 years of service with the Bettendorf Community School District. Paul Norton Elementary principal Julie Trepa has accepted a position as superintendent for West Harrison and West Monona beginning with the upcoming school year. She has worked in the district for 17 years.