A former Stratford resident will become the new principal at Stratford Elementary School. Josh Culberson will begin his new duties effective July 1. He will take over for Sarah Binder who will be retiring at the end of the current school year. Culberson is a fourth grade teacher at Lamoni Elementary School where he has taught for 17 years. He is a 1999 graduate of Buena Vista University in Storm Lake with a BA in Elementary Education. Culberson has endorsements in reading and social studies. In 2013,Culberson won the Iowa History Teacher of the Year. He is currently working on his Masters Degree from Viterbo University. Mike Sherwood will be the superintendent for Stratford for next school year. Sherwood will continue on as superintendent for the Webster City and Northeast Hamilton school districts.