Doug Tuetken, superintendent of the Maquoketa Valley Community School District, recently announced that he will be stepping down from his position. The school board has prepared to fill the vacancy by scheduling meetings in the coming weeks. The board discussed his departure at its monthly meeting Jan. 20.

“We appreciate everything that Mr. Tuetken has done for the district,” Donna Kunde, president of the board said.

“You have been the best superintendent I have ever worked with,” John Zietlow, vice president of the board added.

Tuetken acknowledged the board members, but also made it known that everyone involved with the district has been fantastic since he started.

“It is not I — it’s us,” he said. “You and I know how hard everyone has worked for our kids in this district.”

Several other early retirement requests were approved. Pat Sabers, Cheryl Gates, Sue Goldsmith, Beth Mueller and Greg Drew were all approved.

Combined, they have over 125 years of service at the school district. Tuetken will finish his time at the end of June while the other retirees are done at the end of the school year.

“They have had such a positive impact on the kids through the years,” Tuetken said, “and they will be missed. But we are happy for them to pursue other opportunities.”

The board also discussed the possibility of bringing in some new or used buses. A new law mandates that all new school buses have seat belts for the students. However, any older bus will be grandfathered in and they won’t be required.

MV will be looking at some stock buses that would save the district over $10,000. While the law is for the students to now be buckled in, it will not be the driver’s responsibility to make sure they are. Tuetken said that if kids don’t obey this rule, they will not be allowed to ride on the bus.

In other new:

• Brenda Becker, principal of Delhi Elementary School, reported they already have 42 enrollments for preschool next year. Fifty-one students are enrolled this year, so she expects the number enrolled to reach that next year as well.

• Troy Osterhaus, principal of MV High School, said the district changed a few things in the course catalog. Nothing has changed as far as graduation requirements and the board approved the new catalog.