CHARLES CITY (IOWA) The Charles City Community School District announces today that Joseph Taylor will be recommended to the Board of Education to join the Charles City Community School District family as the new Charles City Middle School principal. The Charles City Board of Education will take official action, pending a background check, approving Taylor’s contract at the Monday, March 18 regular Board of Education meeting. Taylor will officially begin on July 1, 2019.
Mr. Taylor is currently the Middle School principal and athletic director at South Hardin Middle School in Hubbard, IA. He and his wife have three children. Taylor was picked to lead the Charles City Middle School from a pool of 35 candidates. During his tenure in the South Hardin Community School District Taylor led changes that increased student math and reading proficiency on Iowa Assessments. As part of his success, he decreased student behavior challenges and increased middle school participation in parent/teacher conferences by 34%.
“We are pleased to have Joe joining the Charles City Community School District family. His committed leadership and proven track record of goal-driven change will be an excellent fit to our senior leadership team,“ says Mike Fisher, superintendent. “He brings the experience and background of service that will benefit our students and staff. His passion for learning and student-driven relationship building were evident from the moment he stepped on our campuses. Our teachers, students, and senior leaders are excited for him to join our family to continue building the Charles City Advantage."
Before being named to lead South Hardin Middle School, Taylor served as a professional learning community facilitator, middle school social studies teacher, and athletic coach for Clear Creek Amana Schools in Tiffin. He has also taught in Oxford, IA, and Soldotna, AK. Sergeant Taylor is a 12 year United States Army Reserve veteran, serving a tour of duty in Iraq from 2003-2004. He grew up in Riceville, IA graduating from Riceville High School.
“My family and I could not be more excited and humbled to be joining the Comet leadership team,” says Taylor. “Many things attracted me to the middle school principal position at Charles City. I love the location, as I grew up just a few miles north in Riceville. Charles City is the perfect place to raise my family with its big, small town feel and friendly hometown atmosphere. Most importantly I felt a strong sense of belonging and connection as I visited with the leadership, staff, and students throughout the day. Charles City Community School District’s vision and mission are closely aligned to my personal values and beliefs. The progressive nature and forward view on education completely sealed the deal for me.”
Rick Gabel, the current Charles City Middle School principal, announced his retirement from school administration on February 4. He will continue working with students as an at-risk coordinator developing support systems for students in the Clarksville Community School District. Mr. Gabel served the Charles City Community School District for 19 years and graduated from Charles City High School in 1982.