Cordes was the right choice for the KND/Bear Lake superintendent position

Like many residents in the Bear Lake and Kaleva Norman Dickson school districts we welcomed the news this week that Marlen Cordes has been selected as the new dual superintendent of those two school districts.

It is our opinion that Cordes is an outstanding choice to follow current superintendent Mike Matesich. Being a 22-year employee of the Kaleva Norman Dickson School district, Cordes brings to the table a wealth of knowledge on how the dual superintendent position works. We have witnessed first hand how difficult of a position it is and the importance of having the right person in that position.

What we also found very appealing about Cordes is he is an educator in the true sense of the word. He has served as a teacher, coach, athletic director, assistant principal and presently as K-12 principal at Brethren Schools. Someone with that much experience and understanding of so many facets of the school system can only be a very positive leader to the school districts.

It is also vital to have someone with that type of strong background in the top position for any school. These are troubling times for public schools as they struggle to find the answers to the challenges that are being tossed at them daily.

Bear Lake and Kaleva Norman Dickson have more that proven that having a single dual superintendent is a win-win situation for both districts. Cordes’ predecessors, Greg Webster and Mike Matesich, both served admirably as the dual superintendent in the past 14 years. We see Cordes continuing to build on the firm foundation his predecessors have put in place.

Although he has worked in the KND district, we feel that people from the Bear Lake District are going to like what they find in their new superintendent. Our workings with him have found him to be a knowledgeable, fair, honest, hard working administrator in every sense of the word.

What will also help in the transition process is over the next several months until Matesich steps down in June, Cordes will be right in district. That will allow him the opportunity to work closely with the current superintendent on the budget and other components of getting things in order for the upcoming 2013-14 school year. In our view it will be a seamless smooth transition that will benefit both districts.

Make no mistake about it that the Bear Lake and Kaleva Norman Dickson school boards did their due diligence in this process. They ran a search process that brought in 23 candidates for the job and after weeks of deliberation and looking at every applicant, they realized that the very best possible candidate was right in their own backyard.

We commend them on making a decision that we feel is going to benefit all of the children from both districts for many years to come.

 

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