An embattled southeast Iowa school superintendent announced she will be stepping down.
Last week, the Fairfield Community School District stated Superintendent Dr. Laurie Noll will be retiring after nine years of service. Noll has been on indefinite leave since April, citing family medical issues.
Earlier this year, Noll’s leadership was questioned by community members and faculty amid declining enrollment. At a school board meeting in April, multiple individuals called for Noll to be terminated.
Noll’s career in education has spanned 40 years. She has held various positions, including associate, summer custodian help, teacher, department chair, alternative high school principal, curriculum director, and superintendent.
According to a press release, Noll prioritized the district’s financial stability, successfully right-sizing the budget to live within its means during her tenure in Fairfield. Under her leadership, the district reduced general fund expenditures by over a million dollars while maintaining a strong commitment to providing an exceptional education for students.
“I am proud of the strides we have made together. From implementing innovative technology initiatives to expanding academic programs and extracurricular activities, we have worked tirelessly to ensure our students receive the best possible education.” Former Fairfield Superintendent Dr. Laurie Noll