The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

April 29, 2014

Keefer hired as KHS Assistant Principal

Knoxville — Trenton Keefer has been hired as Knoxville High School's Assistant Principal for the 2014-15 school year. 

This will be Keefer's first full-time school administration position. Currently, he serves as a part-time administrator and language arts teacher in Mount Pleasant. He is the principal of the district's Alternative High School and has served as a substitute principal. 

Originally from Northwest Iowa, Keefer earned a Master of Science, PK-12 Administration from Wayne State College. He has seven years of coaching experience and several years of teaching experience. 

Keefer's initial interest in Knoxville was for the high school principal position. He was passed over for that job in favor of Tracy Wilkins. 

Currently, Knoxville High School's administration includes a principal and three deans. This is the first year for this set-up. 

At a recent board meeting, incoming Superintendent Cassi Murra discussed with board members the potential for going back to the assistant principal format. More discussion regarding this was expected to take place at Monday night's meeting.

In the interim, one of the deans, Ashlee Duimstra, accepted a position at Des Moines East. Duimstra's resignation was accepted Monday night. 

One of the other deans, Ryan Klein, has already been hired to serve as the Assistant Middle School Principal for the coming year. Assistant KMS Principal Linda Abbott is transferring to replace retiring Mike Montgomery as the West Elementary Principal next year. With these changes, that left only one dean, Carolyn Jones, at the high school. 

Board Vice President Mike Helle said that, instead of hiring two deans, it was easier to go back to the assistant principal format, at least for the coming year. That also met the wishes of Murra and Wilkins. Keefer was among the few qualified individuals, already interviewed, that could come in and fill the role of assistant principal. 

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