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Art Sathoff named Cedar Rapids schools’ interim superintendent

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Art Sathoff listens Wednesday for the duration of a Cedar Rapids faculty board conference. The board named Sathoff, who retired in June as the Indianola Neighborhood College District’s superintendent, as interim superintendent in Cedar Rapids via June. (Geoff Stellfox/The Gazette)

Flowers sit as a memorial for Superintendent Noreen Bush, who died Sunday, all through a Wednesday faculty board assembly in Cedar Rapids. (Geoff Stellfox/The Gazette)

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Cedar Rapids university board President David Tominsky addresses the media immediately after a school board meeting Wednesday in Cedar Rapids. (Geoff Stellfox/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — Art Sathoff, the not too long ago retired superintendent of the Indianola Neighborhood College District, will be the interim superintendent of the Cedar Rapids Local community College District as a result of June.

The school board on Wednesday night authorised his appointment, 6-1, with Dexter Merschbrock opposed. He did not make clear why he voted no.

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“It’s quite devastating for the full board to be in a situation in which we have to have to name an interim superintendent,“ school board President David Tominsky claimed. ”It usually takes a distinctive particular person to be in a position to action in to an interim role, especially in what’s taking place right here in Cedar Rapids.“

Former Superintendent Noreen Bush, 51, died Sunday. She was identified with cancer more than two a long time in the past.

“The reduction feels so massive and heavy since we’re all so lucky to have experienced Noreen in our life and as our chief,” Tominsky mentioned. “That is some thing to rejoice.”

Bush went on loved ones healthcare go away in September. The school board accepted her resignation previous thirty day period, efficient June 30, environment in motion a superintendent lookup process.

Sathoff mentioned in a statement that he was “honored and humbled to be reliable to serve Cedar Rapids Local community District, specifically right after the reduction of Noreen Bush. I approach to function hard and be supportive of the college students and personnel during this time of changeover.”

The board last 7 days selected an Illinois company — Hazard, Youthful, Attea & Associates — to recognize candidates to turn into the future superintendent of the state’s second greatest college district, perhaps as early as January.

Sathoff’s agreement is expected to operate from Nov. 1 to June 30. Information of the contract will be finalized all through a college board conference Nov. 14, Tominsky reported. The Gazette was instructed to file a general public records ask for to master Sathoff’s income.

Tominsky said Sathoff was “extremely recommended“ by Roark Horn, former executive director of the University Directors of Iowa. The approach was a ”quick turnaround,“ he claimed.

Sathoff retired in June, and in September, 85 percent of Indianola voters accepted a $70 million bond referendum to pay for facility demands at the higher university.

“He’s effectively labored with communities to get a bond vote to pass,” Tominsky explained. “That sort of knowledge I consider is hard to appear by.”

The Cedar Rapids Local community School District is planning to ask voters, quite possibly up coming year, to approve a $312 million standard obligation bond challenge to pay out for renovations, additions and enhancements at the district’s center universities and four higher universities around the next 7 to 10 many years. The bonds also would spend for a new 1,200-scholar center college, lessening the number of middle colleges in the district from six to 4, and for a new aquatic heart.

Sathoff “has a terrific popularity of currently being a compassionate, empathetic leader,” Tominsky reported. “I assume Cedar Rapids will be happy when they get a opportunity to meet Art.”

Ahead of becoming a member of the Indianola school district in 2014, Sathoff was superintendent of the Fairfield Local community School District and an English teacher, mentor and principal of the center faculty and significant school at Pekin Community University District.

Sathoff also is a section-time associate pastor at Indianola Church of Christ.

Responses: (319) 398-8411 grace.king@thegazette.com

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