After an extensive search, the College Community School District has named Ian Dye as the new principal at Prairie Point Middle School and 9th Grade Academy pending Board approval. Dye succeeds Kyle Koeppen who accepted the Superintendent position with the Vinton-Shellsburg School District.
Dye currently serves as the Director of At Risk Programming and Prairie Delta Site Administrator. Prairie Delta is an extension of Prairie High School located on the Kirkwood Community College campus. The program serves students in grades 9-12 in the College Community School District that seek a smaller learning environment than can be found in a traditional high school setting.
“I am excited to see Ian move into this important position,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Doug Wheeler. “Since his hire into the newly created Director of At-Risk position, Ian has consistently delivered positive outcomes through his ability to connect with staff and students in leading complex systems. I am confident that Ian’s experience as a building leader and district-level leader in our system and other systems will secure continued success for the Prairie Point Community.”
Prior to College Community Schools, Dye served as the Principal at Sunshine Charter High School in Orlando, Florida. Sunshine Charter is an At-Risk/Drop-Out prevention school designed to help students earn a standard high school diploma and prepare them for post-secondary success. While employed at Sunshine Charter, he served as the Director of Mathematics before being named Principal. Dye has also served as the High School and Middle School Principal for six years for the Lisbon Community School District.
“Ian brings an extremely valuable leadership skill set along with a variety of experiences that will serve our students and staff well,” said Roderick Wade, Executive Director of Secondary Programs. “His student centered approach and his ability to create positive and meaningful relationships is second to none. He is all about creating and enhancing learning opportunities for all students.”
Dye, a native of Mount Vernon, Iowa, earned his undergraduate degree in Mathematics from Wheaton College and his master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Drake University. “I have thoroughly enjoyed working with both the students and staff at Prairie Delta,” said Dye. “This year, we enjoyed an increased credit earning rate, improved attendance and many positive interactions between the members of our learning community. I am excited to be joining the Prairie Point team and partnering with students, staff and families to maximize educational opportunities for our 7th-9th grade learners. I am committed to giving my very best to continue these positive trends and look for ways to sustainably innovate and improve the educational experience for our middle school and 9th-grade Academy students.”
A search to fill Ian’s current position “Director of At-Risk Programming / Delta Site Supervisor” will begin immediately.