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Dubuque meets final of three superintendent candidates

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Dubuque superintendent candidate Karl Kurt spoke to a crowd Thursday afternoon at the district headquarters Dubuque superintendent candidate Karl Kurt spoke to a crowd Thursday afternoon at the district headquarters
DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

In the ongoing search for a new superintendent, the Dubuque Community School District hosted on Thursday afternoon the final of three candidate forums.

The community heard from candidate Karl Kurt, who is currently the superintendent of Central City Schools in Central City, Iowa. He has been superintendent there since 2009 and has a combined total of 15 years in public education.

Kurt addressed the difference between his current district size of about 450 students and Dubuque's district of 10,000 students.

"I've had experience in working in a district of about 10,000 students when I was at Bridetown Middle School, which was in Oak Hills in Ohio," Kurt said, who served as assistant principal there. "As part of that process, I learned about climate and culture and building a capacity for leadership and creating relationships and creating a structure where we're accountable toward goals and action plans to achieve success, so I think a lot of the systems that we have in place in a smaller district are the same ones that are needed in a bigger district."

Kurt is also a Dubuque native.

"I'm a Dubuquer, so I play euchre," he said with a laugh. "I was raised in Dubuque. I'm one of 10 kids, so a lot of family still in Dubuque, and I just have a big love for the community and would love the opportunity to come back and build upon the successes of Dubuque and make it a better place for our kids."

The school board plans to announce its decision next week.

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