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      Van Buren School District to welcome new superintendent

      Van Buren School District's new superintendent will start this summer.

      A Heartland school district will soon welcome a new superintendent.

      Lisa Beames, the Van Buren Community School District's current superintendent, will be leaving at the end of the school year to take a superintendent position in Anamosa. The Van Buren Board of Directors has conducted an interview process with both a search firm and the public, and has selected Dr. Pam Ewell, of Mount Vernon, to replace her.

      The School Board looked for someone with a strong curricular background, as well as an innovative and creative energy that could lead the school into the changing landscape of technology.

      In the end, Dr. Ewell seemed the perfect choice to align with the goals of the school board and school district.

      "Most of our goals are focused around curriculum development, making sure we have a strong curriculum," said Kara McEntee, Van Buren Board of Directors President. "We do have a lot of changes in curriculum over the last few years and that includes the technology portion we've been talking about. Also, we have a goal on our facility planning, so that was also something we looked at, we wanted someone who could lead us to make sure we had a plan out there for the future."

      Board member Stan Whitten said having a candidate with experience in Iowa districts is a strong advantage, because they're familiar with the state regulations, as well as the challenges of teaching in a rural setting.

      Dr. Ewell will officially start in the position this July.