Rushford-Peterson Schools has tentative agreement with new superintenden

Jon Thompson

The Rushford-Peterson School Board has a tentative agreement with Jon Thompson to serve as the new superintendent beginning July 1, 2019.  Thompson will replace Chuck Ehler, who is retiring after serving the district for 11 years.

The agreement with Thompson comes after a search conducted by the school board beginning last October. The board conducted a second round of interviews on Friday, Feb. 8. The three finalists that were interviewed were Jon Thompson, Todd Lee and Jay Meiners. Reconvening at 3 p.m. that day to discuss the interviews and next steps, the board voted unanimously to offer the Superintendent position to Jon Thompson.

Following the meeting, Chairperson Linder contacted Thompson, and he verbally accepted the offer. The board’s negotiation committee will be meeting to put together a salary and benefits package that was presented to the full board for approval at a special meeting held on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 5:30 p.m. in the Forum Room.

Thompson is currently the Superintendent at the Aplington-Parkersburg School District in Aplington, Iowa.  He has served as the Superintendent for Aplington-Parkersburg for 13 years and has served as an administrator in the district for 26 years. 

Thompson’s experience will serve him well as the next superintendent at R-P Schools. Prior to his administrative positions, he served as an elementary teacher for two years at Allamakee Community Schools in Waukon, Iowa, and five years as an elementary teacher at Hampton Community Schools in Hampton, Iowa. During his elementary teaching years, he also served as a coach. He was the Elementary/Middle School Principal at A-P from July 1993 – June 2006.   

Thompson is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa.  He completed his Master’s and Specialist Degrees in Educational Leadership at Drake University.  

During his leadership at A-P Schools, he has had the opportunity to work with the School Board and communities to pass two separate bond issues for new construction. He was also instrumental in assisting the district in implementing a 1:1 computer program for students in grades 4-12. Thompson developed and fostered partnerships with neighboring school districts and community colleges to bring shared facilities, shared college credit courses, shared teachers, and shared work experience opportunities for students.

During Thompson’s tenure at A-P Schools, the community was hit with an EF5 tornado that destroyed 40 percent of the community and part of the school. The school and community pulled together, and within 15 months they moved into their rebuilt school.

The A-P District was also devastated by the shooting death of a popular football coach/teacher on the school grounds in June 2009. Thompson played a leadership role following these tragic experiences, helping the school and community work hard to rebuild and become stronger.

Thompson, whose start date at R-P is July 1, 2019, says he is excited to embrace a new chapter in his professional career and is looking forward to becoming the next Superintendent at R-P Schools.