Bedford/Mount Ayr superintendent selected

Bedford and Mount Ayr School Board announced Friday, Feb. 7 Jason Shaffer, Shenandoah High School’s principal has verbally accepted the position as their shared superintendent.

In a press release, it stated Shaffer’s “diversity of leadership experience and proven instructional leadership experience” was highlighted as a strength throughout the interview process.

Schaffer was one of three finalists for the position being vacated by the retirement of Joe Drake at the end of the school year. Michael Irvin, Bedford School District’s 6-12 principal, and Joe Erickson, superintendent of the North Iowa Community School District in Buffalo Center, were the other two candidates.

Schaffer was named Iowa Association of Student Councils Middle School Principal of the Year in 2018. He led initiatives to expand STEM and career and technical programs in Shenandoah and has served as a technology director, curriculum director, activities director, special education coordinator, and teacher/coach during his career.

Shaffer's selection is contingent upon a background check and the boards' approval of his contract at their next official meetings.

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