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Hansen likes area among other qualities

January 26, 2006

A chance to live closer to her children and be part of a growing community was enough for Carol Hansen to apply for the superintendent job opportunity with the Baldwin School District.

"I'm attracted to the fact that it is close to the Kansas City area," Hansen said. "I also like how it is a viable community that is growing."

Hansen was the first interviewee for the superintendent opening. She came to town Monday for her visit and interview with the school board.

"It's been very interesting," Hansen said of her day. "We have visited all of the schools. I have enjoyed it."

Hansen met with district office personnel in the morning, before she toured each of the six district buildings in the afternoon.

"The buildings look great and I was very impressed with them," Hansen said. "They are very well kept and you can tell the teachers really care about the schools and students. I really enjoyed the tour."

Hansen also thinks highly of the Baldwin City because of its location and its growth potential.

"The town is a really viable community, in that it has a strong history and that it is close to a number of metropolitan areas, such as Kansas City and Lawrence," Hansen said. "It's also a town that is growing and has the potential to grow."

Hansen said there are many small towns in the Midwest that are becoming smaller, which makes Baldwin nice place to be.

"I want to be part of a community that looks like it is ready to grow," Hansen said.

Hansen is currently the superintendent of Central Community School District in DeWitt, Iowa. She has been there since July 2004.

In 2000, Hansen left Kansas for Albion, Mich. She was the assistant superintendent before becoming the superintendent of the district.

Before moving to Michigan, Hansen was a principal in Kansas City, Kan., DeSoto and Piper school districts. Hansen has children living in the Kansas City area.

Hansen grew up in Iowa, where her father was a superintendent for a number of years. She then received her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Iowa State University. She then received her Master's Degree at Webster University in St. Louis, Mo.

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