Cedar Falls Superintendent Mike Wells Says He's Excited for New Job

Mike Wells has accepted a position as the superintendent of the Mount Pleasant Community School District after being pushed to resign in Cedar Falls.

Ousted Cedar Falls Superintendent Mike Wells said he's excited for what's next: a job as the superintendent of the Mount Pleasant Community School District.

"Mt. Pleasant is an excellent community," he told Patch Wednesday. "They have a Wesleyan college in town, and I’m excited to continue to work in a district that has a college to collaborate with."

Wells, a first-year superintendent in Cedar Falls, , when the Cedar Falls School Board made it clear it would vote not to renew his contract at a Feb. 27 board meeting.

It did not take Wells long to find another position - today the Mount Pleasant School Board will vote to approve him as their next superintendent.

Mount Pleasant School Board president Brad Holtkamp said the board was aware of the issues Wells had in Cedar Falls, but still voted unanimously to pick him out of 60 applicants.

"He was very honest and straightforward with all that. It was just impressive to have somebody with his ideas and his passion for the job," Holtkamp said. "I think he's going to be a very great asset to our district."

Wells will make $160,000 plus benefits in his new job at the 3A school district, compared to the $180,000 he makes in 4A Cedar Falls.

Wells said the outgoing Mount Pleasant superintendent, John Roederer, is a friend who had been in the job for a long time.

"Most importantly, I’m excited for a school board that has vision for the future and is supportive of administrators and teachers," Wells said.

Doug Keiser April 08, 2013 at 11:16 PM
Congrats to Mike Wells! I just feel bad for Cedar Falls residents that were full of hope anticipating meaningful educational changes and were left jilted by a nervous school board.


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