School Board Approves Contract Extension for Dr. Wendt
The Fayetteville Board of Education approved an extension of the three-year contract of Superintendent Dr. Matthew Wendt through June 30, 2020 at their regular meeting on January 26. The Board voted unanimously to approve the contract extension after completing Dr. Wendt’s annual review and establishing preliminary goals for the upcoming calendar year.
“The Fayetteville Board of Education is extremely pleased with Dr. Wendt’s accomplishments in his first semester with the Fayetteville Public Schools,” said Justin Eichmann, president of the Fayetteville Board of Education. “We look forward to working with Dr. Wendt on establishing the goals and priorities for the district in the coming years.”
Dr. Wendt joined Fayetteville Public Schools July 1, 2016 as the 11th superintendent since 1871. He has served as an associate superintendent or superintendent for districts in Kansas, Iowa, and Illinois. Dr. Wendt is in his 28th year in service to public education. An American Association of School Administrators (AASA) scholarship recipient and award winner and a 2015 nationally-certified school superintendent, Dr. Wendt was named last fall to the College Board’s National Superintendent’s Advisory Council, becoming the first Arkansas superintendent to earn this distinction.
“I extend my sincere gratitude to the board of education for their vote of confidence in me, our collaborative work, and the direction of FPS,” stated Dr. Wendt. “It is a tremendous honor to serve as superintendent. I absolutely love this job. I love this school district and community. Our board is talented, driven, and dedicated to public education. We are blessed to have such exceptional people in Fayetteville. Dawn and I are so appreciative for the genuine care and support.”
Dr. Wendt and his wife, Dawn, a gifted and talented teacher, have been married 25 years. Together, they have two children: Ryan, a medical student at the University of Iowa, and Rachel, a junior biology major at Pittsburg State University.
At last week’s meeting, the board and Dr. Wendt discussed future work sessions to address strategic initiatives. Additionally, the announcement of districtwide committees was made, including board members appointed as a liaisons (with an emphasis on policy development) on legislative issues, technology, facilities planning, academic achievement, and a long-term strategic plan.
Dr. Wendt added, “The goals and priorities being discussed will over time take a great school district to becoming a national and international leader. I appreciate our board and leadership team members in their willingness to create a system that primarily supports teachers, creates a positive and enjoyable culture and climate, advances opportunities for personalized student learning, and equally important, doing this in the Fayetteville way.”