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.