Little is new AP/AD

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By Nick Johansen

The Red Oak School Board made its selection for a new assistant principal/activities director. 

Keith Little was chosen as the replacement for Barry Bower, who will resign at the end of the school year.

The board’s decision came at a special meeting Monday, May 1.

Little grew up in Brooklyn, a town in east central Iowa. He earned his first teaching and coaching job with the Brooklyn district. He later moved to Montezuma, and Estherville, and then got a call from Albia where he joined the district as athletic director and assistant principal. He has been with that district for the last decade. 

“I’ve coached and taught all my life. I have six children, three boys and three girls. We’re blessed,” Little said. 

According to Little, he likes new challenges, and was considering a move out of state before he heard about the position in Red Oak. 

“I was contacted about the position, and did some research and told them I was interested in the position. I was lucky enough to get an interview and liked the things that I saw in Red Oak. It reminds me a lot of Albia, and the districts are about the same size. There are strong programs and a lot of good things going on. I like to believe I can make them even better,” said Little. 

In addition to the change and new challenges, Little said he’s most passionate about the new kids and the people he’ll meet through the new role. 

“We’re going to work together. I like to build new programs and build on a positive culture. We want to continue to build on things and make it as good as it possibly can be. I’m looking forward to seeing how we can all grow in the same direction. Hopefully we’ll have some good things happening in Red Oak.”

Little hopes he’ll be able to use some of the skills he’s developed with the Albia district here in Red Oak. 

“Everywhere I’ve been I try to promote character and positive culture. At the Albia district, we needed a $70,000 scoreboard. We raised the money ourselves, and I had the contractors come out and help and when we got done with the project, we had about 12 people come out and help and donate,” said Little, “That’s the kind of mentality I want to bring with me to Red Oak, and meet with the contractors and businessmen that want to see the community grow and get better and better. In the process, we can show the kids that working together and character is a good thing, and feel important and welcome in the programs.”

Little said he’s very pleased with the chance to be a part of the Red Oak District’s growth. 

“I’m excited with the opportunities I see in Red Oak, and I’m anxious to start it,” commented Little. 

Plans are for Little to come to Red Oak no later than July 1. He said his wife and daughters are likely to come earlier and get settled in the community. 

“It’s all new to us. We’re getting our stuff sorted out here. We’re in the process right now, and I’ve had the chance to meet with superintendent Tom Messinger. He’s very committed to this. We’ve discussed the coaches we need and I’m hoping to be a part of the hiring process when the coaches are selected,” Little explained. 

Little stressed that he wanted all the kids and parents in the community to feel invited to the programs. 


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“With the numbers will come people doing good things and having success. I’m about building young people into successful adults. I’ve been fortunate enough to have good things happen, but the real test is 10 years down the road to see if they’re productive young adults who come back and add to our community. I’m looking forward to seeing what we can build.”