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Matt Degner Named as District Superintendent

The Iowa City Community School District Board of Directors has voted to remove the “interim” tag from Interim Superintendent Matt Degner’s title.  Degner has served as the Interim Superintendent for the District since July 1, 2020, following the resignation of former Superintendent Stephen Murley.  The Board of Directors voted unanimously during their January 26, 2021 Board Meeting to make the role permanent for Degner.

Matt Degner has been with the Iowa City Community School District for the last eight years, serving as an Assistant Superintendent, Director of Schools, and Principal of South East Junior High. Before joining the District, Degner served in both the Williamsburg and Bettendorf school districts as a teacher, coach, and assistant principal.

Degner is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa and received his Master’s Degree and Educational Specialist Degree from the University of Iowa.  Degner has children at South East Junior High and Lucas Elementary.  His wife, Dr. Kate Degner, is a teacher at South East Junior High and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Iowa.

"I am honored to be named the Superintendent of the Iowa City Community School District,” said Degner.  “While we have undoubtedly had one challenging year, I am very optimistic for our future.  We are committed to having a District that works for all students and have many exciting opportunities on the horizon.  I would like to thank the incredible team and staff in the District for their hard work and dedication each and every day."

Degner’s contract will extend through June 30, 2024.

“In his time as interim, Matt Degner has shown a commitment to one of our District's top priorities which is our equity work,” said Shawn Eyestone, Iowa City Community School District Board President.   “As we have made strides in that area, this priority has been challenged more than once.  Each time, Matt has responded consistently and firmly that equity isn't a choice.  It is who we are as a district.  That commitment is a large factor in the decision the Board made today.”