The Ankeny School Board is about to search for a new superintendent to lead one of Iowa’s fastest growing districts. Dr. Matthew Wendt submitted his letter of resignation and the board accepted it, Wednesday evening.
In in his five-year-long tenure, Dr. Wendt spearheaded $175 million worth of new construction and remodeling projects, but he will be most remembered for his efforts to split the senior high school into two brand new buildings. “Our district had a very hard decision to make and he was the leader in charge of helping our community resolve that,” said Becci Hall, whose three sons attend Ankeny schools.
Wendt said that it was his decision to resign and that he will soon reveal his future plans. The board will decide their next step during closed session after Monday’s regular meeting.
Dr. Wendt said that, had he accepted the board’s offer of a new three-year contract with a 3.25% raise and stayed on as superintendent, he would have shifted his focus more toward furthering student achievement. Wendt added, “We’re at historical highs across the district. I’m very, very proud of that and the work of our staff, but it needs to become more of a focus and a conversation and facilities and construction and bricks and mortar needs to become less of the focus.”
As a transition allowance, Wendt will be paid one year’s worth of his $176,000 salary, without benefits. His last day will be June 30th.