WEST LIBERTY, Iowa–After gaining approval from the West Liberty Community School District Board of Education, Shaun Kruger will take on the role of superintendent July 1. Kruger will assume his post following the resignation of current superintendent Diego Giraldo, who has held the position since July of 2019.
After graduating from Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, Kruger taught for several years in Katy Independent School District in Katy, Texas. He then served as an assistant middle school principal in the district before returning to Iowa where he took on the role of Perry Middle School Principal.
After 16 years as a principal, Kruger felt ready to take the next step in his career. He had completed a master’s of educational leadership degree at Prairie View A & M University and superintendent certificate of advanced studies from Iowa State University and hoped to put them to good use: “While I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience as a principal, I decided to move forward with my education and completed the coursework for the certification to become a superintendent. The opportunity to lead in a school system at a broader level was the appeal for me to becoming a superintendent,” he said.
While at Perry, Kruger found he enjoyed working in a smaller city with a diverse population. When he saw that West Liberty, a city of similar size and heritage, sought a new superintendent, he jumped at the opportunity to apply. “Everything about this position felt right,” he asserted: “The district appeals to me because it is a diverse school system with strong community support and quality educational programming. Also, the people I’ve met in this short time have been very supportive, and it is apparent how much they care about their school system and students.”
Now that Kruger has accepted his new position, he relishes getting to know West Liberty Community School District and the West Liberty Community better. “Everyone I’ve met and talked with during the interview process and since being hired has been very welcoming and has made me feel at home,” he observed. “I’m ready to continue to learn more about the school district while working collaboratively with the school personnel, students, and community.” In the months ahead, Kruger also looks forward to moving to West Liberty along with his wife.
As Kruger begins his work in West Liberty, he plans on taking a cooperative approach to deciding what the district can do to best meet the needs of all its students. “My goal is to serve the school district and the community to help grow the West Liberty CSD to make it the best it can be for our students,” he emphasized. “The first step will be to listen and learn from as many stakeholders as possible, working collaboratively with them to sustain the strong programs that exist, and to grow and develop other areas of the school system.”
Kruger will officially start in his new position as superintendent this summer, but he plans to start helping with the transition process even before that time. “You have a special community and school district and I can’t wait to get to work!” he enthused.