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Leaving Things In Good Shape

By Staff | Mar 6, 2012

ARMSTRONG – There’s an old saying that you always want to leave something a little better than the way you found it.

For Randy Collins, that adage has been fulfilled as he steps down as the shared Superintendent of Schools for the Armstrong-Ringsted and Graettinger-Terril Community School Districts at the end of June.

After six years as the Superintendent at Armstrong-Ringsted and the last three years at Graettinger-Terril, Collins is moving on to a similar position the shared superintendent for the Akron-Westfield and West Sioux community school districts in far western Iowa. The two districts will have a combined enrollment of 1,200 students and will be the first time that Akron-Westfield has shared an administrator, while West Sioux had previously shared the position with Maurice -Orange City/Floyd Valley schools.

“They want to save money by sharing a superintendent,” said Collins, who filled that same role as superintendent at A-R and Graettinger-Terril where he assumed the G-T position vacated by Dan Mart.

The new challenge is also a homecoming for Collins, as he student taught at West Sioux 35 years ago as an education student at Westmar College in Le Mars.

Collins’ experience as a shared Superintendent has been crucial to the Armstrong-Ringsted district as it worked out arrangements for a new, three-way sharing agreement with neighboring Sentral of Fenton and North Kossuth.

The new colloboration will become North Union in the upcoming 2012-13 school year.

Collins last day will be June 30.