Members of the Johnston Board of Education have named Dr. Corey Lunn as the new superintendent of the Johnston Community School District following a special meeting on March 20 at 8 a.m.
The board was unanimous in its decision to hire Lunn following his interviews in the district and a site visit to his current school district in Stillwater, Minn. They extended a contract to him on Monday, March 17.
“His background and experience make him a perfect fit to join with the board, administrators, teachers, staff, parents, students, and community members in leading the Johnston School District to higher levels of performance and achievement in the coming years,” said board president Greg Dockum.
At the March 20 meeting, specifics of Lunn’s two-year contract were finalized. He will be paid $225,000 annually; his salary is “all-inclusive,” meaning there are no annuity contributions by the district or other additional salary add-ons; and Lunn will receive a moving allowance as part of the agreement to come to Johnston. His official start date is July 1, 2014.
During his interviews, Lunn spoke of his experience dealing with matters similar to those in the Johnston school district, such as budget reductions, facilities and construction projects, STEM education initiatives, and technology integration.
“Johnston is a growing, vibrant district with a focus on excellence and a track record of student success in the three A’s – academics, arts, and athletics,” said Lunn. “I was very impressed throughout the research and interview process of what was being planned including multiple building projects and a new teacher leadership model. My strengths have always centered on thinking outside of the box, developing and adding programs for students, and I have several experiences in leading building projects. I am very excited about this opportunity to mirror my strengths and abilities with what I perceive are the needs and wishes of the communities and students served by the Johnston Community School District.”
Lunn has served seven years as a school superintendent and has been with Stillwater Area Schools since 2011. He holds a certificate in School Technology Leadership from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Lunn graduated with his doctorate of education in Educational Policy and Administration from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities; master’s degree in Biology Education from Mankato State University (Minn.); and bachelor’s degree in Biology Education from Southwest State University (Minn.)
He plans to reside in the Johnston school district with his wife and two children, Ben and Molly, who will enter ninth and seventh grades, respectively. They are both involved in music and athletics.
Outgoing Johnston Community School District superintendent Clay Guthmiller announced his retirement in October 2013 after working in Johnston for eight years. His last day will be June 30, 2014.