Superintendent Search

The Bettendorf Board of Education is working with Ray & Associates to hire a new superintendent of schools. The new superintendent will begin in July 2020.


Link to Ray & Associates Posting | Candidate Brochure | Job Description

Superintendent Candidate Community Forums
6-8 pm - Thursday, Feb. 6
Mark Twain Elementary - 1620 Lincoln Rd.

As part of our Superintendent search process, the Bettendorf Community School District School Board invites the public to open forums with the two finalists.The open forum for Candidate I will be held 6-6:50 pm. The open forum for Candidate II will be held 7-7:50 pm.

During the event, attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions of the candidates and get to know the candidates.


  • Nov. 5 - 18 - Community 33 Qualities Survey
    • Open to community through 8 am on Nov. 18.
    • Results to be used to develop the qualities the district is looking for in a superintendent.
  • Nov. 15 - Stakeholder Meetings
    • Groups of 10-15 to meeting with the superintendent search firm to get input on what qualities the district stakeholder would like in a superintendent as well as pressing issues and priorities.
    • Students (MS/HS), staff (certified, classified, central office/administrators), parents (PTA/boosters, principal recommendations), community, and School Improvement Advisory Committee (SIAC).
    • Groups will be invited back to interview candidates on Feb. 4
  • Nov. 25 - Board to Finalize Superintendent Profile
  • Nov. 26 - Posting for Interested Candidates
  • Jan. 5 - Application Deadline
  • Jan. 21 - Top Candidates Presented to the Board
    • School board selects finalists for interviews (closed session)
  • Jan. 28 & 29 - Interview Top Candidates (closed session)
  • Feb. 6 - Finalist Interviews
    • Stakeholder groups and constituents
    • Community forum
    • Board interviews

Qualities of the New Superintendent

  • Is willing to listen to input, but is a decision maker.
  • Possesses the leadership skills required to respond to the opportunities and challenges presented by an ethnically and culturally diverse community.
  • Inspires trust, has high levels of self-confidence and optimism, and models high standards of integrity and personal performance.
  • Is a strong communicator; speaking, listening and writing.
  • Has experience recruiting and maintaining exceptional staff for the district.
  • Is able to delegate authority appropriately while maintaining accountability.
  • Possesses excellent people skills and can present a positive image of the district.
  • Is strongly committed to a “students first” philosophy in all decisions.
  • Is capable of developing short and long-range district goals as well as developing and communicating a vision of quality education for the future to the board, staff and community.
  • Promotes positive student behavior conducive to a healthy and safe learning environment.
  • Provides leadership in the planning, implementation, and assessment of relevant professional development for all staff members as well as promoting a positive and professional learning environment for district employees and board.