Andersen leaving district

Superintendent will work part time to preserve his pension

ROCK FALLS – Retired educator Gregory Lutyens will stay on the job for one more year.

The East Coloma-Nelson School Board on Monday appointed the former Nelson superintendent as head of the consolidated district after a 45-minute closed session.

The board in May had appointed former East Coloma Superintendent Kevin Andersen to the post and named Lutyens as the backup.

But the board on Monday accepted Andersen’s resignation. When contacted last week, Andersen did not offer a reason for his departure, and the board did not read his resignation letter.

Lutyens, who retired in 2009, will serve as superintendent part time – 100 days of the school year – because he receives a pension with the Teachers Retirement System. He will receive a salary of $50,000.

The contract is good for the 2013-14 school year.

Lutyens, during his time with Nelson, worked only 100 days a year with no benefits, no sick leave and no vacation and pulled in a $60,000 annual salary, in addition to $84,000 a year from his pension.

Also on Monday, the board:

– Appointed Michael Schumacher as the seventh member of the school board.

– Approved David Chavira as principal of the new school with a salary of $75,000. Chavira previously was principal of East Coloma School.

– Set regular board meetings for 7 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month. The first regular meeting will be July 17.