At its regular meeting Monday, Sept. 21, the Lynnville-Sully School Board approved the resignation of superintendent Shane Ehresman, effective at the conclusion of the 2020-21 school year.
According to a press release sent Monday, Ehresman announced his intentions to resign and fulfill his duties though the school year with his final day being June 30, 2021.
In his letter of resignation, Ehresman indicated the decision was made after months of “deliberation and reflection.” The announcement comes early in the school year to allow the board to locate and hire a qualified replacement for the position.
“At the conclusion of the 2020-21 school year, I will have served 11 successful years at Lynnville-Sully. Departure from my current position should be viewed as my ‘retirement’ from the superintendent position. I do not have a position for next school year, but plan to explore school leadership positions in areas other than the superintendency,” Ehresman said in the letter.
As much as they wished Ehresman would stay and continue to lead the district, school board members appreciated the early notification of his intentions.
“Shane’s early resignation despite not having a job secured next year illustrates his unselfishness and desire for Lynnville-Sully to attract quality superintendent candidates. The board would like to thank Shane for more than 10 years of dedication and commitment to school improvement,” the board said in the release.
During Ehresman’s tenure with the district, Lynnville-Sully has accomplished many achievements, including earning “Exceptional” and “High Performing” school performance ratings from the Iowa Department of Education; awarded Iowa Top Workplace for seven consecutive years; more than 80 percent approval on school bond issue; maintained strong financial position and low property tax rate; increased enrollment to more than 500 students; reorganized the Lynnville-Sully Community Education Foundation (LSCEF); construction of new softball field, all-weather track, baseball/softball concession stand, art gallery, football/track press box and bleachers, future multipurpose room and football/track concession stand; FFA Alumni Association purchase of 55-acres of farm land for student learning; integration of student one-to-one technology in classrooms; positive open enrollment into the school district from area schools; implementation of Project Lead the Way engineering classes in the middle school, and many successful co-curricular programs.