Council Bluffs Community School District has seen some movement in school administrative managers because of turnover and the appointment of an assistant principal at Carter Lake Elementary School in place of a SAM.
School administrative managers free up time for principals to work as instructional leaders to support teachers in their teaching practices and delivery of curriculum to students, according to Superintendent Vickie Murillo. The positions have been partially funded by the Iowa West Foundation since 2008.
“The schools and parents appreciate the support they receive daily from their SAM,” she said. “Their support plays a very important part in our school community.”
Kim Castellano was appointed school administrative manager at Roosevelt Elementary School effective in January to replace Chrystal Townsend-Frey, who left to accept another position. Castellano served as a SAM at Rue Elementary until the school district reduced the number of SAM positions to save money. She then took a job as an administrative assistant at College View Elementary until the SAM position at Roosevelt opened up.
Matthew Scheidle was tapped to fill a SAM position at Bloomer Elementary vacated by Catherine Hubbard, who resigned to accept another position. Scheidle has served as a behavior management specialist in the district since 2017.
Kim Thayer was appointed SAM at Edison Elementary, replacing Todd Johnson. Thayer has served as SAM at Longfellow and Carter Lake Elementary Schools, both of which now have assistant principals instead of SAMs.
Keri Zimmer was chosen as SAM at Wilson Middle School, replacing Jessica Plueger. Zimmer previously worked with students at Iowa Western Community College.
SAMs continuing in their roles include David Price at Abraham Lincoln High School; Megan McLaughlin, College View; Mike Brown, Franklin Elementary; Lynette Peterson, Hoover Elementary; Kelly McGreevy, Kirn Middle School; and Chuck May, Thomas Jefferson High School.