Lyndon school board hires new superintendent

LYNDON – The USD 421 Board of Education approved a contract for a new superintendent Wednesday evening. Cheryl Keim, currently superintendent at USD 216 at Deerfield, Kan., was offered a two-year contract.

The board interviewed candidates for the position during four special meetings held in March. According to board clerk Donnalee Mounkes, during a March 30 special meeting executive session, the board authorized USD 421 Board President Bob Knoernschild to contact Keim and offer her the contract. Mounkes said Knoernschild later reported to school administrators that Keim had accepted the contract.

Knoernschild was not present at the April 8 regular meeting, but the other board members approved Keim’s contract without comment or discussion following 35 minutes in executive session.

In USD 421 Board Member Melissa Herdman’s motion to approve Keim’s employment, she stated the terms of the contract, which include $85,000 annual salary, $3,000 for serving as transportation director, $600 relocation fees, and health insurance, effective July 1.

Keim could not be reached today for comment for this story.

Keim will replace USD 421 Superintendent Brian Spencer, who has resigned to take a position of superintendent at USD 288 Central Heights.

In other employment decisions at Wednesday’s meeting, the board accepted the resignation of Jeff Martens as vocal music teacher, appointed Heather Green as middle school language arts teacher, and renewed contracts of all certified staff for the 2015-2016 school year.

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