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WDMCS Superintendent to Lead School Administrators of Iowa (12/22/21)

Dec. 22, 2021 | A letter from Dr. Remy to the West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) community

WDMCS Community,

I learned this week that I was selected as the next executive director of School Administrators of Iowa (SAI). I have loved my time with West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) and am excited to serve our profession in a different way. Current SAI Executive Director Roark Horn will retire in August 2022, so I will remain in my role through this school year.

Over the past few days, I reflected on my nearly 22 years spent with WDMCS. Nearly two-thirds of my career was dedicated to this district, serving as an associate principal at Valley, principal at Indian Hills, then associate superintendent of Human Resources before stepping into the superintendent role in 2013. All along the way, I was surrounded by people who, like me, love WDMCS for its purpose, plans, and people.  

I chose this profession to help future generations possess the essential skills and integrity to communicate, collaborate, and solve problems as  confident citizens, embracing our diverse and changing world. I am grateful for the thousands of graduates’ hands I shook over the last 20 years who have demonstrated these traits.

So what happens now? The SAI position will not begin until next summer, so I will remain in my role through June 30, 2022. The Board of Education will meet in January to plan a superintendency search. My replacement will start July 1, 2022. 

Although I will no longer be with WDMCS, my new position will keep me connected to WDMCS as SAI supports administrators all across the state of Iowa. I am honored to work alongside WDMCS in the coming years as we continue to make a difference in the lives of children.

Lisa Remy, Ed.D.