Breaking: Charles City School Board to Appoint Acting Superintendent

The Charles City School Board will meet in special session at 12:30 p.m. this afternoon (05.12) to name an acting superintendent for the remainder of the school year.

In a statement, the school district says, Superintendent Mike Fisher is currently on authorized and approved sick and personal leave through the remainder of this school year due to a family health situation.  Mr. Fisher previously announced his resignation, effective June 30,  as he will become the new superintendent of the Oskaloosa School District beginning July 1st.  The Charles City Community School District would like to thank Mr. Fisher for his four years of service as Superintendent for the District.”

The statement adds that, “ In accordance with District policy, the Board will be appointing at a special meeting on Thursday Karl Kurt from Central Rivers AEA to serve as the acting superintendent for the District until June 30th, with day-to-day district level assistance from administrators Larry Wolfe and Bryan Jurrens.  The District looks forward to welcoming Anne Lundquist as its interim superintendent for the 2022-23 school year.”

The School Board officially approved a one-year contract with Lundquist during their regular meeting this past Monday night.. 

Naming an acting superintendent is the latest turn in the district’s effort to find Fisher’s successor. Last month, the district was forced to go the interim superintendent route for next school year after search efforts to find a replacement for Fisher hit a snag when many of the top candidates targeted by the School Board found other jobs and did not interview. 

The district is expected to relaunch the search for a permanent superintendent later this year with Grundmeyer Leader Services, the same firm that helped bring Fisher to Charles City in 2018.

Mark Pitz

News Director/Weekdays 10am to 2pm on 95.9 KCHA
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