Dane will leave SWG

BURNSIDE – Launi Dane is resigning as superintendent of Southeast Webster Grand Community School District at the end of the 2014-15 year.

The SWG school board Wednesday approved Dane’s early retirement request.

“We thank you for your years of service, and battling through this with us. And leading us through this situation,” Dustin Hector, SWG board director, told Dane.

The district, Hector said, has not taken any action yet in seeking a new superintendent.

“The board will have to decide what we want to do moving forward,” he said. “We’ll have to meet on that, and look at our options. And find the best option for the school and move on.”

Dane, who has been an educator since 1978, said she looks forward to retirement.

“I need a change. Basically, we got through the whole-grade sharing, and I want to do something different. I don’t know what it is,” she said. “The whole-grade sharing is a good thing for our school, but it was a tough process.”

Dane said she will miss the students, and the staff she has worked with.

“You always miss the people you work with. There’s good days, and there’s bad days. But, you usually miss the kids or you miss the people,” she said.

The SWG school board also approved Wednesday offering Daniel Fox the position of district grades five through eight principal.

Richard Wagner, the school’s current principal, will also retire at the end of the 2014-15 year.

Fox teaches eighth-grade math and is an instructional leader at Woodside Middle School, in the Saydel Community School District, in Des Moines.

“This is pending his graduation from Iowa State (University) and receiving his license,” Dane said. “You can approve it, but we cannot send contracts. And you can’t put a letter of intent. All you can do is approve it.”

Dane said all necessary records and paperwork should be completed and received by mid-June, after Fox has completed teaching for the 2014-15 school year.

Hector said the board is confident in its selection.

“He’s a young guy, has experience in a middle school setting. He seems very passionate, and we’re confident in what he can do,” he said. “We’re looking forward to him joining our staff.”