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Staci Laird Named FDSH Principal for 2019-20

March 28, 2019

March 29, 2019, Fort Dodge, IA-  The Fort Dodge Community School District is pleased to announce Staci Laird as the Fort Dodge Senior High Principal beginning with the 2019-20 school year.  Laird will be the first female lead principal at FDSH.

“Mrs. Laird’s passion for kids, the educational experience they receive, and her commitment to our school and community are key characteristics we wanted in our next Senior High Principal,” stated Dr. Jesse Ulrich, FDCSD Superintendent.  “It is important that a system believes in and nurtures the leadership capacity of our staff. I’m proud of the loyalty and leadership Mrs. Laird has displayed as a lifelong Dodger. I have no doubt her leadership will take us to new levels of achievement.”

Laird currently serves as an assistant principal at FDSH. In this role, she oversees the Freshman Academy, special education services at the high school, at-risk programming, alternative school, TAG programming, the juvenile court liaison, Bridges staff and the social studies department. Prior to her current role, she taught language arts and social studies at FDSH for 18 years.

Laird’s leadership experience also includes serving on the Multi Tiered System Supports (MTSS), Self Assessment of MTSS Implementation, building leadership and PBIS teams, as well as being a Professional Learning Community (PLC) facilitator.

“Fort Dodge Senior High and the Fort Dodge community have always been home to me, and I am thrilled to move into this new role where I can continue to nurture the sense of family that comes from being a Dodger,” Laird said.  “The staff and students here are second-to-none, and I am fully dedicated to guiding our work at FDSH as we continue striving to create the very best experience for our students and preparing them to be successful in whatever future they choose.” 

Current principal, Dr. Kenneth Hayes, has accepted a position in the Educational Leadership program at the University of Northern Iowa. 

The mission of the Fort Dodge Community School District is to provide quality learning experiences and build relationships that develop productive citizens ready for their futures. For more information about the Fort Dodge Community Schools visit or call 515.576.1161.  Our Schools. Our Community. Our Pride.


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