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Stillwater's Lunn: 'Yes, I do' plan to sign Iowa contract

Stillwater School District Superintendent Corey Lunn appears Iowa-bound.

District 834’s chief executive was offered a contract on Monday, March 17, by the Johnston (Iowa) School Board.

“The board is excited to extend the offer to Dr. Lunn,” board president Greg Dockum said in a news release. “We are looking forward to him accepting our offer to become the next leader of the Johnston Community School District.”

Johnston Community School District is located in the Des Moines metropolitan area.

Lunn, who has led the Stillwater School District since taking the job in 2011, has until Thursday, March 20, to accept the offer.

In an interview with the Woodbury Bulletin, he made his intentions known.

“Yes, I do” plan to sign the contract, he said, adding that “It feels like a fantastic opportunity."

According to the release, Lunn told Johnston officials that he has a clause in his Stillwater contract allowing for mutual termination of his position here.

The Johnston position was attractive for a number of reasons, he said.

Perhaps chief among them was that after following him from job to job during his career, Lunn’s wife would be able to be closer to her family in Iowa.

Lunn said Johnston reminded him greatly of District 834 – which serves portions of Woodbury and Afton – especially the high expectations and successes experienced there.

In all, the opportunity seemed like a “great fit,” Lunn said.

Though he does stand to make more in Iowa – the position is posted at $225,000 annually, a raise from his current $178,000 salary – Lunn said “it’s not about that.” He noted that the pay differential doesn’t take into consideration additional benefits he would be responsible for covering in Iowa.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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