OTTUMWA — Ottumwa High School has found its new principal for the 2019-2020 school year.
Richard “Hutch” Hutchinson will become the school’s new administrator pending approval by the school board in May. He currently serves as the principal in Glenwood, a post he has held since 2014.
Dan McGuire surprised many in the community in early March when he submitted his resignation after less than a year as OHS principal. That announcement said he plans to return to Moline, where he has family.
McGuire followed Cory Johnson, who was hired in February 2017. He left to take a job as curriculum director in Burlington.
Hutchinson previously served as principal at Urbandale High School from 2002 to 2013, and was with Saydel prior to that. He received his postgraduate degrees from Iowa State University. In his present job at Glenwood High School he also followed a principal who was with the district for only one year.
Records show Glenwood High School has about 650 students. The community has a population of 5,300 and is located south of Council Bluffs in western Iowa.
In a statement announcing the hire, Superintendent Nicole Kooiker said Hutchinson “comes to us with a wealth of high school administrative experience.”
The statement included a comment from Hutchinson saying he prefers to meet people rather than stay in his office. “I won’t sit behind a desk. I’ll be out in the hallways, in classrooms, talking with kids. All kids will know we are happy they are there.”