Fey named supervisor at Clear Lake AEA

2010-12-01T16:41:00Z 2010-12-01T23:05:35Z Fey named supervisor at Clear Lake AEABy DEB NICKLAY deb.nicklay@globegazette.com Mason City Globe Gazette

CLEAR LAKE - Tom Fey, who has served as superintendent of North Iowa school districts for several years, will soon have a supervisory post with Area Education Agency 267.

Fey, 58, superintendent of Rockwell-Swaledale Community Schools, has accepted a new position as site supervisor of the Clear Lake office of AEA 267.

He begins his duties Jan. 1.

The Rockwell-Swaledale School Board on Tuesday agreed to release Fey from his contract. He will continue, however, to work part time for the district until the end of the school year.

In his new position, Fey will support AEA staff and programs, as well as all member school districts of Area Education Agency 267 that are located north of Cedar Falls, the main office for AEA 267.

"It is a great opportunity," said Fey.

"Tom is well-known, well-respected - and has lots of executive experience," said AEA 267 Chief Administrator Roark Horn. "We are very happy to have him."

The position is new since three different agencies merged to become AEA 267. Horn said the AEA vision is to also have a similar position in the Marshalltown facility in the future.

The post will help make the AEA more effective in responding to the local needs, especially those of "our external partners (school districts)," Horn said.

Fey will work part time for Rockwell-Swaledale "after hours" and not during the day when his contract with AEA 267 is in force.

Fey said the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners and consultants for School Administrators of Iowa have both positively reviewed the arrangement.

Rockwell-Swaledale is headed to a merger with its whole grade sharing partner, Sheffield-Chapin/Meservey-Thornton, beginning July 1.

Fey has a long history in education. The Elwood graduate earned his undergraduate degree from Simpson College in Indianola and his master's and specialist degrees from Iowa State University.

He began his teaching career in 1974 at North Polk schools before being named Ventura High School principal in 1982. He became the district's superintendent in 2000. He then took the position with Rockwell-Swaledale in 2003.

Fey and his wife, Mary, a first-grade teacher in Ventura, are the parents of son Joel, who is an assistant elementary principal in Nevada, and daughter Jennifer Dillavou, who works for the Iowa Department of Human Services. The Feys live in Clear Lake.






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  1. freckles
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    freckles - December 02, 2010 9:00 am
    Congratulations to Mr. Fey for getting the position at AEA. He is a great administrator and the students look up to him. He did not get the position at West Fork because there are 3 Board members from Sheffield and 2 Board member from Rockwell-Swaledale. Does that tell you anything!
  2. freckles
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    freckles - December 02, 2010 8:54 am
    Congratulations to Mr Fey for getting the position at AEA. He is a great Superintendent. The reason he did not get into West Fork is that there are 3 board members from Sheffield and 2 from Rockwell/Swaledale. Does that tell you anything!
  3. vikings
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    vikings - December 01, 2010 8:35 pm
    Mr. Fey is an upstanding person and educator. Mr. Aames is either vindictive or ignorant regarding Mr. Fey's qualifications. My only criticism is that AEA's merged in order to reduce costs. Why does the CL center need an administrator? That being said, if they need one, Mr. Fey is the person. And, if he did in fact apply for the CL job, they blew it in not hiring him.
  4. David Aames
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    David Aames - December 01, 2010 7:23 pm
    Boy, has there been any position this guy hasn't applied for in this area? He was an applicant for the Clear Lake position and was also just recently beat out by Darin Strike for a similar position just south of here.
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