USD 421 superintendent resigns; board begins search process

LYNDON-The USD 421 Board of Education took its first steps to begin a search for a superintendent Wednesday night, after accepting a resignation from longtime superintendent Brian Spencer.

In his resignation, Spencer says he has verbally accepted the position of superintendent at USD 288 Central Heights.

Upon the effective date of Spencer’s resignation, he will have served the school district for 11 years, which he notes is the second longest tenure of a superintendent at Lyndon.

During a special meeting held Jan. 21, board members first took action to accept Spencer’s resignation and release him from his current employment contract.

After the meeting, board clerk Donnalee Mounkes said Spencer had announced his resignation to staff on Tuesday.

The board reviewed information about the Kansas Association of School Boards’ employee search services. After discussion of whether to conduct the superintendent search themselves or hire KASB, the board tentatively agreed to use KASB’s services, and planned to schedule a special meeting with KASB staff to learn more about the search process. The board noted KASB’s fee would be $3,750. USD 421 Board President Bob Knoernschild indicated the meeting could possibly be scheduled as soon as next week.

Spencer did not attend Wednesday’s special meeting.

Spencer’s resignation follows:

“Lyndon USD 421 Board of Education,

“Dear Board members, it is with mixed emotions that I submit this letter of resignation. I have verbally accepted the position of Superintendent of Schools at Central Heights USD 288 effective July 1, 2015. I am asking you to please release me from the balance of my contract following June 30, 2015.

“Lyndon has been a fantastic place for me and my family the past eleven years. The adventures we have had and the relationships we have made are priceless. At this time we plan to remain living here in Lyndon, and I will drive to work each day.

“I thank all of you for the great working relationship we have had, and for the opportunity to serve this district for over a decade. (I believe I leave here number two all time for the length of a tenure of a superintendent. Mr. Richard York holds the record. He served from 1950 to 1964.) Professionally, I feel it is time to move on, and this opportunity allows me that opportunity without a having a huge impact on the rest of my family.

“The Lyndon district is full of good people and great kids. We are well respected throughout the educational community. There will be several good applicants seeking the opportunity to be the new superintendent. Good luck to you as you seek to fill the position and move the district forward.

“Sincerely, Brian Spencer.”

Spencer was offered a superintendent contract by USD 421 in January 2004, after previously serving as a superintendent and principal in addition to having experience as a transportation director, teacher and coach.

2 Responses to USD 421 superintendent resigns; board begins search process

  1. OsageWayne says:

    The USD 421 Board of Education has scheduled a special meeting for 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26 to discuss personnel, the superintendent search, and hold an executive session if needed.

  2. JoAnn Pouch says:

    It's probably an honest mistake but Mr. York's name was J. Albert!

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