Superintendent Nelson approved for early retirement

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By Molly Moser

The Clayton Ridge School board approved the early retirement of Superintendent Allan Nelson during a special meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 17.  Members in attendance were Janice Andregg, Christine Aulwes, Mike Finnegan, Jason Reimer, John Heying, and  Dr. Jeff Hoffmann. Kathy Ihde was absent. Also in attendance were Allan Nelson, David Schlueter and Mary Seifert.

Before reviewing Nelson's application for early retirement, the board unanimously voted to reduce the number of years of service from fifteen years to ten years and change resignation due date from February 1 to March 1 for administrators and specific other employees.

"The board changed the years of employment required from 15 to 10 years and moved the deadline from Feb. 1 to March 1, making me eligible for the early retirement. The board made these changes at my request," said Nelson, who expressed his gratitude to the board for the early retirement offer.

"Thank you for your support over the years.  It was a great journey for me and I will always cherish my experiences as your school superintendent," stated the superintendent in his letter of resignation.

Superintendent Nelson will complete 13 years of employment with Clayton Ridge and a total of 36 years in public education. His resignation will become effective on June 30. 

With regard to ongoing projects as detailed in this issue of The Guttenberg Press, the Superintendent is confident things will continue to progress as planned. "The facility planning project should not be impacted by a change in administration," he said. "The facility project is a decision only the school board can make."

Among Nelson's fondest memories at Clayton Ridge are the school merger in 2005, the completion of the Stephen D. Shannon Athletic Complex in 2009, implementing the Iowa Virtual Academy in 2012, and the school's on-going emphasis on improving reading achievement. 

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