Eastern Allamakee Community School District establishes sharing agreement with Central CSD for Superintendent position; Donna Thomas will be grades K-12 Principal

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

The Eastern Allamakee Community School District (EACSD) Board of Directors held two special meetings recently, one May 29 and the other June 3. The May 29 meeting with all board members present went into closed session as allowed by Code of Iowa Chapter 21.5.

A follow-up meeting June 3 was held with all board members present once again. Board members included President Bobbie Goetzinger, Melanie Mauss, Tony Becker, Joe Manning and Arla Wagner. Also present were EACSD Interim Superintendent Dr. Dale Crozier and Donna Thomas, New Albin Elementary School Principal.

Several important items dealing with personnel were acted upon in transitioning to new district leadership following the recent resignation of EACSD Superintendent and High School/Middle School Principal Dr. Sarah Murray after an accident earlier this spring resulted in significant injury. The board approved an operational sharing contract for the Superintendent’s position for the 2024-2025 school year. This contract established a sharing agreement with the Superintendent of the Central Community School District in Elkader for the leadership services of Nick Trankamp, to begin July 1, 2024.

Trankamp has been Superintendent within the Central Community District for 12 years. Before that, he was Elementary Principal at Midland-Wyoming.

Dr. Crozier noted, “During Trankamp’s time at Central, their finances have improved. The Iowa Department of Education website in 2023 shows that Central is ‘commendable’ in both of their buildings, their graduation rates are similar to ours (extremely high), and they exceed achievement and growth in most areas - as is similar to us. The sharing arrangement will be very much like the arrangement you had with me, so most of you will have an idea about this model.”

The board also approved Donna Thomas to be grades K-12 principal within the district. Dr. Crozier added, “We have been setting up supports in both our buildings to assist in key areas of the curriculum, professional development, mentoring, and student management.”

A meet-and-greet session with the new superintendent will be set up in the near future. Chad Winters will be the Intervention Specialist at the high school.

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