HINTON, Iowa - The Hinton School Board accepted the resignation of its new superintendent, Mike Alexander, Thursday in a special meeting, just weeks after Alexander took over the post.
School board president Rob Held declined to disclose particulars of the resignation. "We found out early in his tenure he was not a good fit for the district and the district was not a good fit for him," Held said.
Held said high school principal Sue Martens would assume the superintendent's duties along with her own, with guidance from Northwest Area Education Association director Tim Grieves. The board plans immediately to find an interim superintendent to lead the district, likely a retired superintendent, then will likely search for a replacement at the end of the school year, Held said. He said a consultant used by the board keeps a list of retired superintendents interested in such short-term assignments.
Held said he hopes Alexander's resignation doesn't affect "a positive outcome" for the Sept. 8 bond election to finance a new elementary school building. He said it was more important to address the superintendent issue.
Alexander's resignation follows two emergency meetings by the board, on Sunday and Tuesday, before the special meeting Thursday at which he resigned. Alexander, who was formerly at AHST Community School District, in Avoca, Iowa, had replaced Superintendent Al Steen, who left for a similar position in Arizona.
Land deal pending
Also on the agenda at Thursday's school board meeting was consideration of a signed offer on the land the district wants to buy for the new building from Annette, Kevin and Kirsten Held. Rob Held said one board member was absent and the vote on the offer was 2-2. The board has called a second special meeting for tonight, hoping to break the tie with five members present.
The family has rejected several offers from the school board, which has simultaneously pursued negotiations and eminent domain proceedings.