OTTUMWA — Evans Middle School may be losing its chief educator, but Sigourney school district is gaining a new one.
Dave Harper has been hired as the Sigourney superintendent of schools. He'll start his new job on July 1.
Harper has been Evans Middle School principal for the past two years. He had been an administrator at Pekin for three years, where he also taught for seven years. Like his predecessor at Evans, Harper was a career military officer. His most recent deployment was Operation Iraqi Freedom, 2004 to 2006.
The Sigourney school board president, Mark O’Rourke, said Harper will replace this past year's interim superintendent, Craig Scott.
According to a press release from the Sigourney school district, Harper "has received numerous honors from serving his country and in his role in education. The most often cited commendation by others of Dave is that he has great passion for young people. The entire Sigourney community is pleased to welcome Dave and his family to the district."
Harper earned an undergraduate degree in elementary education from Buena Vista University. He completed a master's degree in Educational Leadership from Drake University in 2008.
A “welcome to Sigourney” reception will be scheduled.
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