In October, Superintendent Steve Gettel announced his plans for retirement beginning July 1, 2022. He serves as superintendent of both ISD and Iowa Educational Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired, the second superintendent to hold this dual role. During his service in Iowa, which began in 2014, Supt. Gettel worked to unite programs and staff of both schools where it made sense. This increased efficiency in serving students and families, as well as savings for Iowa taxpayers. Supt. Gettel established strong ties within the Iowa legislature, meeting and talking often with elected representatives to ensure they understand the unique and necessary services the two schools provide for students who are deaf or blind. About the time of his departure, ISD will have what might feel like a new building when Long Hall re-opens this fall, after having $4 million in renovations made possible by appealing to the legislature.
The Board of Regents, State of Iowa will coordinate the search and hire process for the new superintendent. Supt. Gettel received a standing ovation at the October Regent meeting.