School Board Picks New Superintendent

The Burlington School Board has made its choice of a new superintendent, but it won’t announce who the winner is until details of the contract are worked out.

The two finalists, Patrick Sweeney of the Paradise Valley District in Phoenix, Arizona and a native of Dubuque, and Patrick Coen of the Winfield-Mt. Union District, who was born and raised in Burlington, answered questions at a public forum last(Fri) night.

Both men have been teachers, building principals and district administrators. Coen also served for 21 years with the Iowa National Guard, part of that time in Afghanistan.