Philips Out as Pekin Superintendent, Circumstances Behind Exit Unclear


Pekin Community School District Superintendent Derek Philips stepped down from his post during a school board meeting Monday night.

A reason was not provided to explain Philips’ decision but Pekin families have told Ottumwa Radio News they were “shocked” and “blindsided” by the turn of events. Philips did not offer a comment.

Philips was hired to lead the Pekin Community School District in 2022. He was previously the principal at Columbus Elementary School in the Chariton Community School District.

Ottumwa Radio News will keep you updated on this developing story.

UPDATE: Ottumwa Radio News received a statement from Pekin School Board President J.J. Greiner

Superintendent Philips has made the decision to volunteer his resignation with the Pekin Community School District effective June 30, 2024.  The Board has accepted his resignation and Superintendent Philips will be on paid administrative leave through June 30, 2024. 

Mr. Philips shared the following:  ‘I want to thank the many staff, families, students, and community members who have supported me in my two years at Pekin. I have met some of the most amazing people here that I will greatly miss. My family and I look forward to the next chapter. I am committed to making the transition as smooth as possible.’

The Board thanks Mr. Philips for his service and many contributions to the District, and wishes him well in his future endeavors.” 

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