The Marshalltown Community School District went within its own ranks to find the next principal at Anson Elementary School.
Ronnie Manis, 45, the current, instructional application specialist with the school district, has been named the next principal at Anson and will begin July 1.
"I felt like I was ready to take this next step," Manis said. "I know a lot of the staff there and know how hard they work."
Manis has been with the school district since 2005 when he was hired as a math and science teacher at Anson. He is a former technology and media specialist at Mille Middle School. Manis will take over for Bea Niblock, the 17-year principal who is retiring at the end of the school year.
The Anson job comes with challenges as more than 80 percent of children in the school are living in poverty.
"We have to ensure all the kids have a chance for success," Manis said. "Sometimes the learning styles are different, but the propensity to learn is not."
Marshalltown Schools Superintendent Marvin Wade said Manis was the overwhelming pick by the 12-member interview committee of the three candidates interviewed.
"While it will be difficult to say goodbye to Ms. Niblock after 17 years as Anson Elementary principal, I am confident there will be a smooth transition in leadership from Ms. Niblock to Mr. Manis," Wade said. "We are fortunate that both are respected professionals who have already demonstrated consistent dedication to the students, staff and families of MCSD."
Wade said they had a total of 12 applicants for the position.
Manis earned his bachelor's degree from Tennessee Technological University, library science endorsement from the University of Northern Iowa and his master's degree in education from Drake University.
Manis, whose hiring was approved Monday night by the school board, will be paid an annual salary of $83,000.