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Moyer leaving USD 491

July 6, 2006

Although yet to be made official, it's apparent Rod Moyer's term of service with USD 491 is finished.

"Right now I'm not ready to say anything, but I probably will be (leaving)," Moyer said.

Moyer served in Iraq as a staff sergeant with the Kansas Army National Guard 891st Engineer Battalion and was to assume the role of principal at Eudora Middle School for the 2006-2007 school year.

His intent to leave opens up a high-level position within the district with less than two months before the start of classes.

"We're exploring all options," Superintendent Marty Kobza said.

Originally, Moyer was set to take over the reins of Eudora Middle School from Don Grosdidier Monday, but Moyer's request to leave has postponed the switch until the USD 491 Board of Education hires a replacement.

The Board will vote to make Moyer's resignation official when it meets July 13.

Kobza said the Board could also have Moyer's replacement recommendation ready by the July meeting

Moyer began his work with the district in August 1994, with experience in secondary education.

He spent several years as the principal of Eudora West Elementary and a combined stint as principal of Eudora Middle School, before being called to serve in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005.

In Iraq, Moyer served as a staff sergeant with the battalion, whose responsibilities ranged from building roads to finding improvised explosive devices.

The battalion also helped maintain Abu Ghraib prison.

As part of his personal responsibilities, Moyer kept in constant contact with the members of his battalion as part of his responsibilities as staff sergeant

The majority of his hours came at night as he monitored all the companies that ventured outside of the battalion's home base in Tallil, Iraq.

"They did a lot of stuff. That battalion is pretty impressive," Moyer said after returning home from Iraq in December.

During his time at war, Moyer kept in contact with his former students at West through letters, electronic mail and sometimes a phone call, Moyer said.

Jan Irby replaced Moyer at West Elementary, at first as an interim principal. She was hired again as an official administrator following school year.

When the board hired Moyer as principal of the middle school ---- after making way for Grosdidier to become the district's curriculum coordinator ---- Kobza saw the position as a step up.

"From that standpoint, really, in the grand scheme of things, as a school administrator, it would be considered a promotion to go from an elementary school principal to a middle school principal," Kobza said in May. "Obviously, you would be more active, and there will be more things going on in the middle school position."

The Board will meet again at 7 p.m. July 13 at the district offices 1002, Elm St.

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