The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

July 2, 2014

Pekin and Tri-County to share superintendent

PACKWOOD — Both Pekin and Tri-County Community School Districts have voted to approve Operational Sharing Incentives for superintendent during the 2014-15 school year.

During the 2014 legislative session, the Legislature passed and the governor signed HF 2271: Changes to Operational Sharing Incentives. These changes allow school districts to share a superintendent, businesses manager, human resources, operations/maintenance, transportation, curriculum director or school counselor.

Near the end of the 2013-14, Superintendent of Pekin CSD Dennis Phelps and Superintendent of Tri-County CSD Dr. Alan Meyer began discussing the idea of the two districts entering a sharing agreement.

"Dr. Meyer and I were discussing the possibilities of sharing staff for hard-to-fill teaching positions for the upcoming school year. During the discussion, Dr. Meyer approached the subject of sharing a superintendent between the two school districts," said Phelps.

Next a meeting between the presidents, vice presidents and school boards was scheduled to discuss the possible interest. The discussion ended with scheduling a joint board of education meeting between the two districts. During this June 18 meeting, discussions included the positive financial impact for each district, shared time in each district, possible advantages and other sharing concerns.

Following the meeting, the Tri-County Board of Education held a special board meeting, where they voted 5-0 to approve the Operational Sharing Incentives for superintendent for the following school year. The Pekin Board of Education also approved the agreement with a 6-0 vote.

As of Tuesday, Meyer is fully retired after working as superintendent of Tri-County CSD for the 2013-14 school year. Upon Meyer's retirement, Phelps has gained the title of superintendent of both Pekin CSD and Tri-County CSD.

"As the shared superintendent, I will continue to stay in contact and use Dr. Meyer's skills and knowledge from time to time. Dr. Meyer has provided excellent leadership this past school year, which has improved the financial health of the Tri-County CSD," said Phelps.

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