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Reception Tonight for New District 308 Superintendent

Come meet Matthew Wendt tonight before the school board meeting at Oswego East High School.

You’ve been reading about him. Now’s your chance to meet him.

Tonight, the Oswego School District will host a reception for new superintendent Matthew Wendt, and you’re invited. The meet-and-greet runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at , directly before the school board meeting.

Last month, the board voted to approve a three-year contract with Wendt to replace outgoing superintendent Dan O’Donnell. O’Donnell’s last day will be June 30, and Wendt’s first will be July 1.

Wendt’s contract guarantees him a base salary of $225,000 a year, plus benefits, and the board has the option to increase that figure for the contract’s last two years. That’s less than the $235,000 initially suggested by the district’s search firm, Ray and Associates, but an increase over O’Donnell’s salary – he was paid $200,000 for the 2011-2012 school year.

Wendt is currently the superintendent of the Ankeny School District in Iowa, which has faced many of the same issues as District 308. As reported by , Wendt was offered a new three-year deal to stay in Ankeny, but declined. He accepted a negotiated $176,000 payout as a transitional allowance.

But some members of the Ankeny School Board reportedly , once news broke of Wendt’s new job with District 308. Wendt provided a written statement to Iowa TV station KCCI, and you can read that statement .

Following the reception, the District 308 board will hold its regular meeting, at which members will discuss a potential new location for graduation ceremonies for the 2012-2013 school year. The meeting begins at 7 p.m., and is open to the public.

John Spasojevich June 18, 2012 at 03:18 AM
Sounds like a perfect fit for Oswego District 308....if you think I'm wrong...take a LONG hard look...follow the money....from Dr.Plank up to now. Maybe O'Donnell left because he couldn't find an angle to work like these others do. Oh yeah....he was collecting a 6 figure pension from an other district.....Maybe all our people who are leaving the district are leaving not so much because of the board but maybe they know or have heard of Wednt and are bailing out rather than work for the guy. Oh....Mr. New Superintendent....my sone needs to go to college too...can you hire me so I can negotiate a package and quit then take a job down the road like you?
Leland H. Hoffer June 18, 2012 at 04:07 AM
Joe, Thanks for the info on Dr.Wendt. I too agree that no-one should take money from a school district that they have not earned. It is a falsehood for administrators to constantly use the statement, "It is for the children", and then demand large salaries and payouts for themselves, beause the money for both come from the Education Fund. The Des Moines Register article you refered can be read using the following link. http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20120617/OPINION01/306170027/John-Carlson-The-audacious-Wendt-played-us-for-suckers?nclick_check=1 http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20120617/OPINION01/306170027/John-Carlson-The-audacious-Wendt-played-us-for-suckers?nclick_check=1
Jack F June 18, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Brian- half the community was sad to see him leave. It was a political vote to get rid of the board because of a debate about two high schools. He was the fallout and he got battle pay. OUR taxes are too high because the board and sup should have just said no and let class sizes go up instead of building all of the buildings. What is wrong with portables anyway? A good teacher can teach anywhere. Why waste the tax money? But the old board and Wendt were afraid to have 35 kids in a room together and the teachers cried that it was tooooo much so we get to be taxed so they can live their sheltered 1.2 kid per family life. Wendt was very articulate and very smart. Now the new politicians ran him out so they could have a power run. I thought great.... they wont spend the money.... but they are doing it all over again and now want a couple of bonds to fund THEIR SHOW and we will run another sup out like we did the last 3.
Jack F June 18, 2012 at 09:06 PM
I have heard for a fact that it was negotiated and our board knew. The political fallout was too much and now they are back tracking. Sad little politicians we have here in Ankeny.
Peter Brady July 11, 2012 at 01:14 AM
Watch out! He (Wendt) speak with fork tounge!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Best of luck too you folks

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