GRUNDY CENTER — Preparations are underway to search for a new Grundy Center Community Schools’ leader as Superintendent Jerry Schutz winds down his final year in the position.
The Board of Education last week adopted a resolution of confidentiality related to applications it will receive through a soon-to-begin search. It also held a one hour and 40 minute closed session to discuss the hiring process for a new superintendent.
Schutz will resign effective June 30 after his one-year contract ends. The superintendent submitted a resignation letter Nov. 15, a month after the board unanimously decided not to renew his contract for the 2018-19 school year following a closed session. His resignation was approved by the board on its consent agenda, according to meeting minutes.
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A brief discussion among board members during last Wednesday’s meeting indicated officials hope to hire a full-time superintendent rather than arrange for an interim leader or a sharing agreement with another school district. Plans to begin looking for a replacement are apparently not yet finalized, based on comments by board president Bob Johanns about using a search firm.
“We may use a consultant or we may not,” he told the board. The board did hear a presentation in December from Grundmeyer Leader Search of Des Moines but has taken no action to hire the firm.
When contacted by email, Johanns declined to comment about the search process, including a timeline for hiring a new superintendent or preliminary steps that have been taken. Schutz didn’t immediately return a phone call seeking comment about the process.
The October closed session and a prior one in August, which were related to the superintendent’s goals and evaluation, are allowed under Iowa law. According to news reports, Schutz began working for the district at the start of the 2014-15 school year.