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Wendt Resignation Official, Search for Local Replacement to Begin

Feb 09, 2016 01:10PM ● Published by Steven Jack

Superintendent Matthew Wendt

It’s official.

The School District 308 School Board accepted the resignation of Superintendent Matthew Wendt Monday night. His resignation, which takes effect June 30, was part of a unanimous vote on the district’s personnel report taken after a closed session. Neither Wendt nor members of the School Board mentioned the resignation during open session.

Wendt has accepted the position of superintendent of schools in the Fayetteville Public School system in Arkansas. He is scheduled to start that position on July 1 after a unanimous vote by that School Board Jan. 28.

School Board President Matt Bauman said Tuesday the board now will post the superintendent position on the district's website and through state organizations. The board will not hire an outside search firm to find a new superintendent, Bauman said.

“The intent of posting this locally is to find someone who lives within close proximity of the district,” Bauman said. “There is no need for us to look out of state. We have a huge talent pool right in our area. Anyone who lives close will understand the culture of our district and know the direction we’re headed in. We’re not going to get that out of a candidate from North Carolina or Nebraska.”

Bauman said the decision to hire locally is based on both community feedback and past experience.

Wendt’s resignation wasn’t the only shake up in the district administration from Monday night. The board also accepted the resignations of Grande Park Elementary School Principal Beth Wulff. According to the personnel report, Wulff will be replaced by Assistant Principal Sean Smith.

Hunt Club Principal Ryan Anderson also will be leaving the district with Assistant Principal Patrick Haddock taking over the position.

Bauman said the decision to replace both outgoing principals with their assistants was based on positive feedback from staff and parents at both schools.

“Both the APs are very strong candidates and are highly engaged in their schools,” he said. 

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