UPDATE: TCU’s superintendent accepts Jordan position

Update Friday, Mar. 15:

 

Tri-City United's Superintendent, Matt Helgerson, has accepted the superintendent position for the Jordan School District. 
In an email to the Messenger today, the superintendent said he was offered the Superintendent position at Jordan Public Schools, and that he has accepted it, pending the successful negotiation of a contract.
The man, who lives in New Prague and who helped in the consolidation of Montgomery-Lonsdale and Le Center Schools to the TCU District, said the decision to leave the district was a difficult one. He explained his decision in an email to the TCU staff:
“As many of you know, this has been a very agonizing decision for me and one that is not made lightly. My decision is based on what my wife and I ultimately felt was best for our young family,” he said. 
Helgerson said he continues to believe in the good that is being done in the Tri-City United District, and that it will continue to grow and strengthen as it evolves.
“Together, we have done so many great things! The consolidation, building projects and numerous progressive initiatives are evidence of the great work that you all do on a daily basis. The students and communities benefit from your dedication toward education,” he stated.
Helgerson has a contract with TCU through June 30, 2014, however it can be terminated by mutual consent. The school board meets for a workshop on Monday, March 25, at 6 p.m. Helgerson said he plans to offer his resignation in a special meeting scheduled after the workshop.
Helgerson would begin his position with the new district on July 1, 2013. Until that time, however, he stated he intends to continue to work hard for the communities, students, and staff at TCU as the district enters spring and summer. 
“I continue to look forward to working with (the district) as we build upon the opportunities that exist here at TCU,” he said. 
Since he has accepted the position in Jordan, Helgerson said that he will also pull his name out of the list of semi-finalists for the New Prague superintendent position.
 
Update Monday, Mar. 11:
Matt Helgerson, the superintendent for Tri-City United Schools, has been announced as one of the three finalists for the superintendent job of the Jordan School District and a semi-finalist for New Prague Area Schools.
In Jordan, the other two candidates are Gary Anger, an elementary school principal for Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools, and Teri Preisler, an associate director of instructional technology for Owatonna Public Schools. 
According to the newspaper, Jordan Independent, the final three will have a public interview starting March 12 to 14. Helgerson is slated to present on Thursday, March. 14.
Jordan Schools hired Ed Waltman, a shared services consultant with the South Central Service Cooperative, to help search for a new superintendent to replace outgoing Kirk Nelson. Waltman had also worked with the Montgomery-Lonsdale District to help find a superintendent when Dr. Corey Lunn left in 2011.
Waltman had again also worked with the M-L and Le Center School Districts during TCU’s infancy. On the eve of the consolidation vote, the M-L school board hired Helgerson to replace Lunn on April 28, 2011. Helgerson was at the time, a co-superintendent/high school principal for the Le Center District. The M-L board hired him to lead the district and share the position with Le Center during the  consolidation process. The TCU District, then hired Helgerson as its superintendent once the consolidation was official.
In an email on Friday, Helgerson said he became aware of the opportunities through a search firm, a common method used by school districts to find superintendents. 
Helgerson said these are both professional opportunities that intrigue him, but at this point he has not made a decision as to what he would do if offered a position. 
Helgerson also forwarded to the Messenger an email that he sent to the school staff and board telling them he is looking at the positions: “Recently two superintendent positions (Jordan and New Prague) were posted and intrigued me. As many of you know, I spent most of my teaching career in Jordan, and my wife is a teacher in New Prague and my children attend school there. I have spent a great deal of time contemplating whether or not I would apply for these professional opportunities. Due to the above mentioned factors, I have decided to explore the opportunities in these two districts. They both present career challenges for me.
“It is a difficult decision to pursue these opportunities as I am proud of what we have accomplished at TCU and know that the future is bright. I am proud to be the superintendent of a district that has been and will continue to be progressive and forward thinking.”
Helgerson said the decision is very difficult for him, and that at this point, he is “exploring opportunities.”
“TCU is progressing nicely, and that makes it a difficult decision as to what I will do should I face an offer from another district,” he said. 
Helgerson has a contract with TCU through June 30, 2014, however it may be terminated by mutual consent.
 

Friday, Mar. 8:

Matt Helgerson, the superintendent for Tri-City United Schools, has been announced as one of the three finalists for the superintendent job of the Jordan School District. 

The other two candidates are Gary Anger, an elementary school principal for Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools, and Teri Preisler, an associate director of instructional technology for Owatonna Public Schools. 

According to the newspaper, Jordan Independent, the final three will have a public interview starting March 12 to 14. Helgerson is slated to present on Thursday, March. 14.

Jordan Schools hired Ed Waltman, a shared services consultant with the South Central Service Cooperative, to help search for a new superintendent to replace outgoing Kirk Nelson. Waltman had also worked with the Montgomery-Lonsdale District to help find a superintendent when Dr. Corey Lunn left in 2011.

Waltman had also worked with the M-L and Le Center School Districts during TCU’s infancy. On the eve of the consolidation vote, the M-L school board hired Helgerson to replace Lunn on April 28, 2011. Helgerson was at the time, a co-superintendent/high school principal for Le Center District. The M-L board hired him to lead the district and share the position with Le Center during the  consolidation process. The TCU District, then hired Helgerson as its superindent once the consolidation was official.

A call to Helgerson for a comment was not returned as of the end of the day, Thursday.