IOWA CITY — The Green Bay, Wis., school board said Monday it plans to hire Stephen Murley, who has led the Iowa City Community School District for more than a decade, as superintendent of the Green Bay Area Public School District.
Murley said he would accept the job and officially join the Wisconsin school district July 1.
“I’ve really, truly been blessed to serve this community for the last 10 years, and in the end it’s really all about the people — students, teachers, parents, support staff, administrators, community members,” Murley, 53, told The Gazette. “And it’s been wonderful to work in a community with people who care about education and understand the value of public education.”
Murley’s new role will take him away from Iowa City schools a year sooner than expected. He announced in October he intended to leave the district at the end of his contract in June 2021.
To fill his position, school board members have discussed appointing an interim leader for the 2020-21 school year, board President Janet Godwin said. It will be a topic of discussion at the board’s March 10 meeting.
Ideally, Godwin said, the board will appoint an interim superintendent before the end of the school year in May and begin working with a search firm to identify candidates for the permanent role this summer.
“He’s leaving the district in a very strong position, and that will make our search process a good one,” Godwin said.
“We’ll be recruiting from a strong position, and Steve has done a great job with that. He’s worked hard for 10 years being our superintendent, and it’s a super, super hard job. I thank him for his tireless service.”
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Murley plans to continue working for the Iowa City district through June as he relocates to Wisconsin — where he was superintendent of Wausau School District and earned a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The Green Bay school board planned to officially offer the position to Murley at a special board meeting Monday night.
“The decision to offer the position of superintendent to Stephen Murley was due to his breadth of experience serving as a superintendent,” Green Bay board trustee Eric Vanden Heuvel said in a news release.
Vanden Heuvel noted that Murley successfully led the Iowa City district through “significant challenges, which are very similar to the work currently underway in the Green Bay Area Public School District.”
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