Superintendent Welcome

Welcome to Keokuk Community School District’s website! As the new superintendent of Keokuk Schools, I am excited to become a part of this district and to see the many great things that are happening in Keokuk.

In the short time that I have been living and working in Keokuk, a few things have quickly become apparent. First, there is tremendous community pride and support of the school district. Whether it is a local business providing breakfast for our staff, a community agency and church partnering to provide new backpacks and school supplies for students in the region, or staff and community members coming out to meet my family and I, we have been touched at the outpouring of support by this amazing community.

Second, the desire by so many to see our children thrive and see our school to become a premier district offering the best educational opportunities for our students, is readily apparent. I believe that we have committed, caring administrators and staff who work hard to make that vision a reality. The important work that is being done such as Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, Professional Learning Communities and the use of student data, and the focus on effective instructional practice will all impact student achievement.

Our theme this year is “Row the Boat”. This phrase was made popular by a young college football coach named P.J. Fleck, while coaching at Western Michigan University and now the University of Minnesota. Fleck believes that if we put our energy into working together to get from point A to point B, if we have faith in those who are “rowing” with us, and if we trust in our compass to get us there, we can achieve great things. I truly believe that if the Keokuk staff, parents, students and community work together to “Row the Boat”, we will move this district from good to great (our point A and B)! Together we can achieve great things for the children of Keokuk!

I look forward to meeting each of you as we move into the new school year. Please feel free to stop by my office, say hello when you see me around the district and community, or email or call me at anytime. I look forward to serving as your superintendent. Row the Boat!

Christine Barnes
Keokuk Community School District