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College Community to hire CFO from embattled Waukee district

Angie Morrison will be the new chief financial officer of the College Community School District starting in July 2019. (Submitted photo)
Angie Morrison will be the new chief financial officer of the College Community School District starting in July 2019. (Submitted photo)

Angie Morrison, chief financial officer of the Waukee Community School District, is expected to join the College Community School District in Cedar Rapids in July.

She will replace Jim Rotter, who is retiring after a 30-year career as College Community’s CFO.

Morrison’s hire, at an annual rate of $147,000, is on the College Community school board’s Monday night agenda.

“The College Community job is the only job I would have applied for to leave Waukee,” Morrison, 51, told The Gazette. “It was a position and a school district I’ve always respected and had admiration for. I always thought that would be a great place to finish out my career.”

Morrison’s brief tenure with Waukee Schools began in July 2018, months after the state auditor began an investigation into the misuse of thousands of dollars in school funds by administrators. The investigation reviewed the period of July 2013 to December 2017, long before Morrison joined the staff.

Morrison, who declined to comment further about Waukee Schools, was not implicated in the investigation and said she knew a report from the auditor’s investigation was imminent when she joined the district.

Morrison, who owns a house in the College Community School District, said she is “looking forward to coming back home.” Before accepting her position in Waukee, Morrison was the business manager for Linn-Mar Community School District in Marion.

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She said she is excited about “making a major contribution” to College Community moving forward.

“They’re a growing district, I think they’ve been very respected, they provide a lot of opportunities for students, they’re progressive,” she said. “It’s one of those larger districts in the area that I think has a lot of positive things going on.”

In a Monday news release, College Community Superintendent Doug Wheeler said he expects Morrison will help the district build “build on a tradition of responsible use of public funds through strategic and transparent business practices.”

Morrison is a native of Mediapolis and has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Iowa. She also is a graduate of the Iowa School Business Management Academy and holds a School Business Official Authorization from the Board of Educational Examiners, according to the news release.

According to reporting from the Des Moines Register and the auditor’s report released last December, Waukee administrators misused $130,000 in school funds using district credit cards, overspending on out-of-state retreats and violating their own district’s policies.

Since December, several top administrators have left or announced plans to leave Waukee Schools.

The Waukee school board accepted the resignation of Superintendent Cindi McDonald, effective June 30, last week according to The Register. Eric Rose, the district’s chief operating officer, resigned in mid-December and is facing three felony charges.

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