on Monday, March 4, 2019
By Robert Maharry, Eclipse News-Review
Longtime Superintendent Jon Thompson will retire from his post at Aplington-Parkersburg at the end of the school year, and he hopes that the district will move toward a joint administration agreement with Grundy Center.
Thompson, who has served as Superintendent for the last 13 years, announced his intention to accept an early retirement package during last Wednesday night’s regular school board meeting, and he has tentatively accepted a superintendent job with the Rushford-Peterson school district in southeastern Minnesota beginning on July 1.
“It’s right for me, and it’s right for A-P,” he said.
Because Grundy Center and A-P are non-contiguous districts with high schools 15 miles apart, Thompson believes that the two are ideal sharing partners— and, as he noted, the districts can never whole grade share or consolidate because their territories don’t touch each other.