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Frustration with lack of information on CF Superintendent's departure


Questions remain regarding the resignation of Cedar Falls Superintendent Mike Wells.

In a strange series of events, Wells resigned Monday, then withdrew his resignation. Wednesday night, the school board planned to terminate his contract, but before a final vote, Wells once again offered to resign.

A lot of district patrons still want to know why these events unfolded, and we may never know the answer.

School board president Deon Senchina says because it's a personnel matter, covered under confidentiality laws, a lot of details about the reasons for Wells leaving can't be revealed.  But she did say that concerns about Wells' performance popped up during his standard mid-year review, but wouldn't elaborate on where those concerns came from or what they were about.

However, the superintendent agreed to a series of closed session meetings to talk about the issues over the past few months.  Many parents are just frustrated they never knew there was an issue with Wells until after he resigned, and think the situation could damage the district's reputation.

"From the outside looking in, just as a parent in the district, it's very unsettling.  Also as someone looking from a business perspective, I don't know that it was a very wise decision to not let someone see through the plans that they had," said Cedar Falls alumna and parent Nichole Lehmann.

Senchina said the district is hoping to move on soon, planning a time to talk about hiring a new superintendent.  Whoever is the district's new leader will have to decide whether to move ahead with proposed changes in Cedar Falls, including whether to build a new high school.

We did stop in the administration center in Cedar Falls Thursday after our phone calls and emails to Superintendent Mike Wells weren't returned, but were told he wasn't available to speak with us.

Mike Wells will serve out the remainder or his contract, which runs through June 30th.  Wells is in his first year leading the district, after replacing superintendent David Stoakes, who retired.

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