DURANT, Iowa — Superintendent Rich Bridenstine said Columbus High School is losing a good principal, but he’s pleased the Columbus Community School District had a part in Matt Kingsbury’s career.
According Durant School District superintendent Duane Bark, Kingsbury has accepted the position of Durant High School principal at an annual salary of $82,000. “Mr. Kingsbury comes highly recommended from our screening and interview committee, our Board of Education, as well as references from the Columbus Junction School District,” said Bark.
Bridenstine said he learned early Wednesday morning that Kingsbury had been selected.
“The Durant Superintendent called and said he wanted to let me know,” said Bridenstine. “I knew Matt Kingsbury had applied for the position and I had written him a letter of recommendation. This is a good move for Matt and we’re happy to have helped move his career.”
Kingsbury, 37, holds a masters of science degree in administration from Western Illinois University.
He came to the Columbus Community School District in 2005 as assistant principal for grades 7-12.
The following year, he was principal of grades 7-12.
He has been principal of the Columbus Community High School since 2007.
“Columbus has been very good to me,” said Kinsgbury. “I have a lot of good memories.”
Kingsbury said he and his wife, Heather, and their three young children will move to Durant. Bridenstine said his District will begin advertising for a new principal this weekend.
Kingsbury succeeds Monica Rouse, whose contract was terminated by the Durant School Board on March 29.
Administrative law judge Larry Bartlett advised the Durant School District to retain Rouse after listening to testimony from Rouse and the District, but the Board rejected that recommendation.