A familiar face will take on a new role from Forest City’s 2023-24 school year.
At the October 10 school board meeting, the board approved the appointment of Zach Dillavou, current college principal, to a newly created position in the district called executive director of teaching and learning. Dillavou’s new role will take effect July 1, 2023. The district will begin the search for a new college principal in the near future.
In his new role on the administrative team, Dillavou will focus on coordinating district-wide initiatives to improve student achievement and teacher retention and recruitment. The position will oversee program development, such as Iowa’s New IT Requirements, Iowa’s Teacher Leadership and Compensation System, and district curriculum materials such as Title I, Special Education, and Education. learning English.
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“Zach is an outstanding administrator and his actions are always directed towards what is best for the students,” Superintendent Darwin Lehmann said. “Under his leadership, middle school students consistently performed well on standardized tests and he also placed a high priority on character-building and team-building activities for students and staff. His success as a teacher and administrator, combined with his passion for the type of work this position is designed for, make him the ideal candidate to help propel the district forward.
High school principal Ken Baker said, “I am thrilled to continue working with Zach in this capacity. He can focus on coordinating district-wide initiatives in the areas of student learning and teacher support and we can individualize building-level initiatives.
“Zach is passionate about supporting teachers and students and how that support positively correlates with student learning,” said Elementary Principal Brad Jones. “He has been instrumental in introducing our Teacher Professional Learning Communities to our district. Under his leadership, we will be able to build on this positive momentum to ensure teachers and staff are willing to work in our district for the long term and that students have the best educational experience possible.”
Dillavou has been Principal of Forest City Middle School since 2008. He was appointed Principal of Iowa Middle School by his peers in 2021. He previously served as Associate Principal/Activity Director of Forest City High School, beginning in 2004 .
Dillavou began his teaching career as a fifth-grade teacher in the Rudd-Rockford-Marble Rock School District, then continued as a middle school teacher in Hampton-Dumont. He earned his bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Buena Vista University and his master’s degree in instructional leadership from Drake University.
“I have truly enjoyed and appreciated the opportunity to serve as a middle school principal in this district for the past 15 years,” Dillavou said. “I am extremely proud of the work done by our students and staff. I am thrilled about this new opportunity and feel fortunate to continue working with our students and our dedicated team of teachers, staff, administrators and K-12 school board members.