Irv Laube, longtime principal and athletic director at North Tama, will be stepping down after 12 years at the helm. Laube, who has served many functions at the school here, has accepted a position as high school principal at Dike-New Hartford.
His resignation will be presented officially to the school board at the next monthly meeting, but Laube informed the superintendant and others of his intentions a few weeks ago. His decision was ultimately based on a variety of factors, all of which Laube elaborated on.
"The most important is that it was a high school principal only position," Laube said in reference to his new job. "I won't have to wear as many hats, which means I'll get to focus my efforts and energy on one area."
"Many of the big reports that have to be filled out at the end of the year, there will be other people assigned to," Laube said. "So it takes some of those things off my plate as well."
Laube also cited family reasons, which is a consideration for almost everyone when making a career change.
"It's closer to my family, many of whom are in the Cedar Falls, Dike and Nashua-Plainfield area, so it will be nice to be closer to all of them," Laube said.
That's not to say that Laube made the decision lightly. He has spent over a decade here, helping bring the school into the 21st century, and broadening the success of the athletic program.
"It was an extremely difficult decision, as I've been extremely happy at North Tama," Laube said. "It's been family to be for 12 years - the community, the parents, the teachers and the students - so it was extremely tough to decide. But in the end, I just thought it was the right career move to make."
Superintendant Bob Cue, who took over last year, said he will be disappointed to see Laube go, but is optimistic about the search for a replacement.
"Irv will be missed, he's done a good job," Cue said. "The kids are the top priority that he had and I think it showed."
"He worked well with the staff and they supported him, so it will be some big shoes to fill, but we're going to work towards it and do the best we can," Cue said.
The school has already begun the process of searching for a replacement, placing several ads and looking internally as well. According to Cue, the search is progressing nicely.
"We've got over 30 applicants, which we will look through and narrow down," Cue said. "We have a committee of the superintendant, school board members and parents as well as community members, teachers, a guidance counselor and two secreteries who work most closely with the position to help make the decision. We think we have some very good candidates."
The official resignation will be recognized by the board at the next regularly scheduled meeting, set for Tues., June 19, at 7 p.m.