The Cody School Board accepted the resignation of superintendent Peg Monteith on Friday effective immediately.

The trustees’ vote was unanimous, with only Tom Keegan absent. The board did not release the reason for her premature departure.

Monteith had told the board earlier in the week she would be retiring. She has led the district, first as an interim, since January 2020.

Chair Brandi Nelson said they would work quickly to discuss the matter with other school district leaders, then approve an interim superintendent. She said after the meeting the plan to find a new permanent superintendent would not change despite the news. Monteith’s contract had run through next summer.

“Today, the Park 6 Board of Trustees approved Superintendent Monteith’s voluntary resignation and request for retirement,” Nelson said in a statement. “The board will schedule a special meeting as soon as possible to name an interim superintendent. We are confident that we can move forward, serving students and our staff.

“The Board thanks Mrs. Monteith for her service to the district. We wish her the best in her retirement.”

The retirement request comes just days after trustees began preparing the search to find Monteith’s replacement.

Last Thursday school board members met with a consultant to discuss the search, and trustees voted Tuesday to hire McPherson and Jacobson, an executive recruitment and development company out of Omaha.

Nelson said the goal would be to select a candidate to offer a contract to in January that would start July 1, 2022.

The process will include opportunities for the public to provide input, including an open house Sept. 23-24 at Wynona Thompson Auditorium.

McPherson and Jacobson consultant Steve Joel is helping trustees with the search. Two weeks ago he met with them to determine what they most want to see in the next superintendent.

Monteith took over as interim superintendent in January 2020, following the board’s vote to cut ties with former superintendent Ray Schulte. She is the first woman to lead the Cody School District.

That initial interim contract was for 18 months, but after the end of the school year turned upside down by the COVID-19 pandemic, last summer board members unanimously approved dropping the interim tag and approving Monteith for a two-year contract.

She had served as the support services director before taking over the position. Prior to that, she worked for both the states of Wyoming and Colorado under state school superintendents handling special education matters.

In January 2021 she announced she would retire at the end of the 2021-22 school year.

(1) comment

Jim Guelde

Where in the heck are we gonna find somebody willing to step in and work for starvation wages of $150,000 a year? They’ll have to pick up pop cans to make ends meet.

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