Brian Steffensmeier appointed to FM school board


FORT MADISON – The Fort Madison Community School district appointed Brian Steffensmeier to the board at its regular Monday meeting last week.

Steffensmeier was the only candidate to answer questions from the board at Monday’s meeting. The district had set the Aug. 20 meeting for candidates to be able to address the board.

Brian Steffensmeier is sworn in Monday as the newest member of the Fort Madison Community School District. Photo by Aniah Ross/PCC Intern

Steffensmeier said he believes the district has positive momentum and is excited about being part of the educational system in the city.

“I have kids in the school system and I want to play a role in keeping the school on track,” he told the board during the interview session.

“It’s good to give back to the community. I have a personal interest in improving the quality of our school system and want to be a part of what affects our children and our schools”

Steffensmeier said he has his own business and feels he’s good at communication and building relationships with those that are integral to the school’s interests.

He said he has the time to commit to the position and considers himself a trustworthy individual who is even-tempered and will be willing to work with all parties involved in the school system.

“I have a willingness to collaborate and a sincere interest in our public schools,” Steffensmeier told the board.

In other action, the board heard from FMHS Principal Greg Smith who is working on a partnership with Silgan that now has six students engaged in a curriculum to foster industrial maintenance education.

The students will be taking courses at Southeastern Community College’s new Keokuk industrial tech lab four days a week and will need to complete 14 courses, which include both computer and lab coursework. After satisfactorily completing the coursework, Silgan will offer job shadowing on-site and then full-time positions could be offered to the students.

Smith said he’s also working on partnering with SCC on a future similar nursing program.

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