Stockdale takes the reins at D-NH

To call the superintendent position at Dike-New Hartford Justin Stockdale’s dream job might actually be an understatement. For nearly a decade now, he’s been chomping at the bit for an opportunity to apply.

“The excitement for me is to build upon the strong foundation that we have and help move us forward,” he said. “I can’t describe the excitement that comes with being able to be a part of something that you’ve long aspired to be a part of and to make a difference.”

Stockdale, who has lived in Dike with his wife Maureen since 2005 and has three sons in the school system, comes to the top administrative job with a host of previous experience a t V i n - ton-Shel ls b u r g , College Community (the d i s t r i c t s e r ving the southwest edge of Cedar Rapids and surrounding communities), Union of La Porte City, the Bremwood alternative school in Waverly and most recently the Central Rivers Area Education Agency (AEA) in Cedar Falls.

As an Aplington native whose wife graduated from D-NH, Stockdale is already intimately familiar with the area, and current Grundy Center Superintendent Neil Mullen served as his mentor when he was the elementary principal at La Porte City.

Beyond Mullen, the incoming leader has forged relationships with A-P’s Jon Thompson, shared Gladbrook-Reinbeck/ North Tama Superintendent David Hill, Tony Voss at Hudson and his predecessor Larry Hunt, who recently accepted a job in Anamosa.

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