Kevin Wood has called the Manson-area home for much of his life.
Now, he will take his family on a new adventure from 40 miles away.
Wood was named the new superintendent of the Sioux Central School District earlier this year, leaving his principal position at Manson Northwest Webster. Along with serving Sioux Central, he will also work in a shared capacity with Clay Central-Everly and Laurens-Marathon.
"This was one of the toughest decisions I have had to make thus far in my career," Wood said. "Leaving the MNW faculty, students and the community I have been a part of for over 30 years in some capacity is harder than I thought. I have received so many well wishes, congratulations and many people in shock surrounding the change, but this is a great opportunity for me to grow professionally and make an impact in another great district, Sioux Central CSD.
"Much of my family lives in the area and that was tough on them, however we are blessed with only having to drive just a short hour back to see family. This is a big move for not only myself and my wife (Dodie), but our four children will have some re-adjusting to do and overcome some changes heading their direction."
Wood graduated from Manson Northwest Webster in 1995 and attended Iowa Central, playing football for the Tritons while in school. He finished at Buena Vista University before later earning his first Master's degree at the University of South Dakota.
Currently, Wood is finishing his second Master's from USD.
"As a kid, I was encouraged to set my goals high and work hard to achieve those goals," Wood said. "I took that approach as a student-athlete in high school and in college. I had several teachers/coaches that inspired me to move in the direction of education and coaching."
Wood was the 7-12 grade principal at Manson Northwest Webster for seven years. He also helped coach numerous sports during his time with the school district.