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Linn-Mar Superintendent Retires
MARION, IA (CBS2/FOX28) 2003 isnt all that long ago, but in the life of a school district, its nearly a lifetime. 12 Years almost gets you through an entire Kindergarten through 12th grade system.
Linn-Mar Superintendent Dr. Katie Mulhollands Superintendent License expires at the end of the 2015 school year, so she says it just made sense to say goodbye now.
This month, 11 years ago, Dr. Mulholland took the reins at Linn-Mar.
"It was a small district in terms of schools, number of students, number of staff and so on, said Dr. Mulholland.
Over the time shes been there, the school system and the Marion community have gotten bigger.
While the city added about 10,000 people, the districts population has grown to nearly 1,800. All that expanding and the challenges that come with it isnt lost on parents.
"I think that our district is in a better place today than 11 years ago when Dr. Mulholland came, said Wilkins Elementary School Parent Ellen Teller. She has certainly had the leadership to get us where we need to be with the growth that our district has seen.
For Dr. Mulholland, it meant building new facilities, investing in professional development for teachers and setting kids on a path for success not only now, but in the future.
"We have to have thinkers, people who are creative, people who are problem solvers, when they leave us, said Dr. Mulholland.
But it also meant not always being popular.
Just a month ago, parents took to the streets on the last day of school to show that they didnt agree with one of the districts decisions to shuffle three popular principals.
"For such a major decision, I'm sorry but that's not the way to do it, said Indian Creek Parent Craig Adamson.
But Dr. Mulholland says push back comes with the territory, and everything she did, popular or not, had one thing in mind.
"How does this benefit kids, how does this, how will it keep them learning in the future? How does it build their future?"
Dr. Mulholland is staying through the end of the school year. She says she hasnt even started thinking about looking back at her time at Linn-Mar, since theres so much for her to do with the new changes to the district for this academic calendar.