Superintendent Doug Van Zyl leads the team to ensure that Fort Dodge Schools are achieving excellence and among the top in the country. The Superintendent reports directly to the Board of Education.
Office of the Assistant Superintendent
Assistant Superintendent Robert Hughes oversees the Human Resources Department and assists the superintendent in administrative roles. Hughes serves as a link between Fort Dodge staff members and the Central Office. Hughes also serves as the Board of Education Secretary.
Director of Financial Services Brandon Hansel oversees all of the financial operations of the district, including payroll, the general fund, and various business accounts. Also serving as the Board of Education Treasurer, Hansel reports to the Superintendent and Board of Education.
Director of Communications and Community Relations Jennifer Lane keeps the community informed and involved in our schools by producing the district newsletter, various publications, maintaining the district website, and answering media questions. She also strives to improve internal communication among staff members and district buildings.
Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
Director of Curriculum Stacey Cole provides instructional resources, leadership, and professional development training to support rigorous learning opportunities in the classroom, resulting in a high quality school experience for all students.
The Human Resources Department is directed by Assistant Superintendent Robert Hughes. The Department supports student learning by recruiting, hiring, and retaining the best employees. The Department also works with negotiating bargaining units and strives to provide exceptional service to our staff.
Buildings and Grounds
The Director of Buildings and Grounds, Travis Filloon, supports students and staff by overseeing buildings, grounds, and maintenance. The department oversees construction projects, needed repairs to classrooms or buildings, and recommends methods to improve the efficiency and cost effectiveness of operations.
The Fort Dodge School District values each learner’s uniqueness and potential. Educators in our school district are committed to joining parents in understanding and supporting learners. Under the direction of Lis Ristau, the Special Needs Department offers an array of services such as Special Education, Talented and Gifted, and English Language Learners.
Directed by Marcy Harms, the Fort Dodge Schools Student Services staff meets the daily health care needs of students focusing attention on students’ physical health and wellness, as well as their mental, social and emotional well-being. Student Services is a resource to parents/guardians and a partner to the community. Staff members consist of case managers, nurses, liaisons, and mentors who function as advocates for students in the educational setting.
Fort Dodge Schools equips nine different school buildings with 21st technology needs. Desktops, laptops, netbooks, audio/video systems, digital projectors, document cameras, and advanced learning software are only a portion of services provided by the Technology Department. Directed by Jeremy Pearson, the department provides a web-based student information site which allows parents/guardians access to classroom information and grade postings. The Technology Department aligns learning and technology to prepare students for a digital age.