Hudson School District's Director of Student Services Resigns

Cory McIntyre is the third Hudson School District administrator this school year to leave the Hudson School District for another job.

Hudson School District’s Director of Student Services, Cory McIntyre, is leaving the district for a position with the Maplewood-Oakdale-North St. Paul School District.

According to the Hudson School District McIntyre submitted his letter of resignation on May 16. McIntyre was recruited to take over the position of Director of Special Services with Independent School District 622.

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McIntyre has been with the Hudson School District since July 1, 2009. This is the third Hudson School District administrator this school year to be recruited by another school district.

Below is a news release from the district:

In a letter to the Board of Education McIntyre stated, “Although I was not looking for a new position, I was recruited to this leadership opportunity in ISD 622. I have been offered an opportunity to provide district leadership in a larger urban district, which will include redesigning the way special services are provided for which I have a passion. It will also afford me greater opportunity to develop my long-term career aspirations in Minnesota, where I currently reside. In addition, the compensation package is significant enough to be another major factor in my decision to resign from Hudson, which I believe is in the best interest of me and my young family.”

In response to McIntyre’s resignation, Superintendent Mary Bowen-Eggebraaten stated, “We thank Mr. McIntyre for his leadership, passion, and commitment to serving ALL Hudson students. During Mr. McIntyre’s tenure, special education referrals went down 31 percent and special education placements went down 40 percent. This translates to more students learning at higher levels.”

McIntyre will remain with the district through June 30.

The Director of Student Services position has now been posted. The district’s goal is to have a new director approved by the Board at the July 9 Board of Education meeting.

The administration is working on the selection process now.

“Next year will be a year of leadership transition as we welcome four new administrators to Hudson to replace the three recruited by other districts and District Deputy Director Nancy Sweet who will be retiring,” the district’s news release states. “Focus will be on rebuilding system-wide leadership capacity while also capitalizing on the enthusiasm, energy, and ideas from the new administrators.

“The Hudson Schools’ traditions of success to support each student learning at high levels and to advance the strategic vision HSD 2025 remain over-arching goals. The district is fortunate to have a talented veteran team of administrators and teacher leaders to provide support to the new administrators as they transition into the Hudson Schools.”

Mike May 17, 2013 at 10:51 PM
Just more proof of the problems with MBE and the board!!! How many more have to leave for the community to get it?
Paine Reliever May 17, 2013 at 11:01 PM
I knew you would jump on this one Husoner. We have two principals who left in part because of higher wages and the negativity of some in the community and stated as much after accepting other positions. Now we have another administrator that is leaving for more money. That is 3 administrators leaving and mentioned money. None of the 3 complained about management problems. 2 of the 3 noted the community negativity as a factor. You want us to believe that they were all too afraid to damage future employment that they already accepted to complain about management issues but we should dismiss the two that mentioned community negativity? You are asking us to speculate a great deal. Seems like you really want it to be a management problem more than accepting that it is a result of act 10, greener pastures across the state line and A few idiots in the community.
Rolen Free May 18, 2013 at 02:15 AM
Is this negative, Paine Reliever shut your cake hole
Captain Midnight May 18, 2013 at 03:04 AM
One doesn't have to be in direct contact with the community to be aware of the "negativity". It has been apparent by reading the Hudson Star-Observer and now the Patch. The letter writers are constantly carping and bitching about the "School Board". The Star-Observer apparently has no policy regarding he frequency of letters from the same individual, so it prints the crap these people make up over and over again. So, just keep up the good work, Nay-sayers.
Paine Reliever May 18, 2013 at 03:06 AM
Yes, I would classify that negative. Anything intelligent to add?
Captain Midnight May 18, 2013 at 03:09 AM
No, Rolen Free, it's not negative. It's simply a stupid remark.
Hudsoner May 18, 2013 at 03:10 AM
Rolen Free, comments like yours are not very constructive!
Adam Wienieski May 18, 2013 at 03:15 AM
Wages are not "frozen." Teacher salaries go up about 2 percent a year and unlike the private sector nobody has to give back wage gains because business is slow. After 25 years public school teachers can retire early, often with paid health care until they reach Medicare eligibility and defined pension benefits income it would require two or three million dollars to duplicate. Teachers leave for many reasons including the dumbed down curriculum and administrators who couldn't manage their way out of a wet paper bag. Pay, benefits and job security, however, are easily on a par with what's available in the private sector. The cost of our public schools has gone up every year for the last 30 years while test scores are flat (and probably more fraudulent than ever.) What are we getting for that exponential investment?
Dirk A. May 18, 2013 at 12:59 PM
Captain and Paine - If these folks leaving their positions are using the negative vibes in town as an excuse for leaving, maybe they're in the wrong line of work anyway. Anyone choosing a job as such should at least have a spine to put up with some critical feedback. Also, if you two aren't already on the school board, you should be. MBE would love your atitude, and that's not a compliment by any stretch of the imagination.
Captain Midnight May 18, 2013 at 04:26 PM
Why do you think it is OK for teachers and school administrators to be demeaned and criticized on a regular basis? Would be like to be referred to as "a thug", a "moocher", a "freeloader", etc. on a regular basis. I didn't say that the "negative vibes" were the only reason for people leaving; they are a possible contributing factor. The work that these people do, which is educating our children, has been constantly demeaned since our college drop-out governor began his unwarranted attack on public sector employees. And Dirk, you demonstrated the negativity again with your comments regarding my attitude and that of Paine. Your strong implication that any support of MBE is wrong is just abysmally stupid on your part; again displaying your lack of critical thinking. Your stinking attitude is exactly what I have been writing about,. You must be a joy to work with at your place of employment.
OneGuy May 18, 2013 at 07:05 PM
@Adam Wienieski, Teachers' salaries are frozen since the law only allows increases to match the cost of living. That means their purchasing power stays constant. That's "frozen". Additionally, no one in Hudson is able to retire after 25 years anymore. Maybe back in the day, but not now. Hudson has some strong building administrators. When people leave this district, it is for the regular reasons people leave jobs, such as economic opportunity, or family reasons, or maybe, sometimes, because they don't get along with a boss--but that's not the same thing as having an incompetent boss. We certainly spend more money on schools now than in the past. We also educate a greater percentage of the school-age population, and that population has a greater percentage of "special needs" students in it than in the past. For example, the media regularly mentions the increase in the numbers of children diagnosed with autism. These students require more resources in the form of educational assistants, materials, etc. That costs more. Another example is technology. When I was in high school, we learned typing. Today we teach computers. A computer is more expensive than a typewriter. Times change, costs go up. Test scores may be flat--I don't have any data in front of me one way or the other--but, assuming this is true, I return to my earlier point: we test a larger number of kids today. Testing high- mid- and lower-level students results in changes to the score averages.
Roberta Naujok May 18, 2013 at 07:35 PM
It doesn't have to be only one side or the other. We have many AMAZING teachers in our district, and many able administrators. Would I love to be able to pay them more? Absolutely! It's a shame wages haven't risen above the cost of living increases recently. But then again, I haven't seen that in my private sector job either. To increase wages beyond cost of living, we have to have an expanding economy, which we don't have. But just because I highly value the fabulous educators that we do have, doesn't mean that there aren't less-skilled ones, or that there isn't waste to prune out that could be accomplished without damaging the students' education. Those that wish to be taken seriously in critically examining district funding, resources, and allocations, should make sure to express their appreciation for all the positive outcomes that happen everyday here. Thank your teachers, often. Compliment the latest production by our district's arts teachers. Acknowledge the hours that are put in on the weekend and evenings, when you're enjoying some relaxation. I am not an employee of the district. I tend to stand with Ms. Gehrke on several issues. But I believe that it only hurts our district and community if people are only carping about what could be done better and engaging in ad hominem attacks, instead of also acknowledging the aspects in which our district (teachers and administrators) excels.
Captain Midnight May 18, 2013 at 08:19 PM
Nice comment, Roberta.
Carbon Bigfuut May 18, 2013 at 09:14 PM
"We also educate a greater percentage of the school-age population..." Please explain. If there were 1000 kids of school age in the city 30 years ago, and there are now 3000 kids of school age in the city now, just how do we educate higher percentage of them? They ALL are required to go to school until a certain age.
Paine Reliever May 18, 2013 at 09:35 PM
Agreed Roberta, I often wonder what the reaction in this town would be if the same small group of people attacked other taxpayer funded jobs as vigorously as they attack public education. I think of that when I see the worship status the fire department and police department enjoys. I have been guilty myself of negative posts toward city council members and have to think that I am just as bad as some of the local idiots who take such glee in attacking education. Being honestly critical and just being a jerk are two different things. Sad and not good for the community, here we are.
Dirk A. May 19, 2013 at 01:16 AM
Capt. Midnight - The only topic you mentioned was the negative attitude so what else is driving these people away in your opinion? Regarding MBE, I've seen enough of her to believe I know what she's all about. It's maddening that some of my tax dollars are paying her salary.
mainstreet May 19, 2013 at 02:37 AM
This thread is truly remarkable. Most fellow employees would say to a leaving co-worker "good luck in your future endeavors" or "boy I'm glad they're gone.". But here because the subject is a public employee everyone thinks they have an opinion. Real companies go through this transition everyday. All will be fine as long as professionals are involved and not unions.
Captain Midnight May 19, 2013 at 03:07 AM
Another fine example mainstreet. Of course "real companies go through transitions on a regular basis and some of them do it well, and others screw it up royally. Other than your biased opinion, what evidence do you have that organizational transitions don't take place successfully when unions are involved. Are you saying that teachers and school administrators are not professionals? If you are, can you back that up with other than your opinion again?
mainstreet May 19, 2013 at 03:30 AM
Captain Midnight is obviously your moniker since you must be in the dark. First, I did not say "and others screw it up royally". I think you forgot to close your quotes or are trying to put words in my mouth. My experience with unions are that seniority does not work and that is one of their basic principles. My opinion has always been that professionals stand on their work and have no reason to hide behind a union.
OneGuy May 19, 2013 at 04:04 PM
Carbon Bigfuut, A good question. Your question has an underlying assumption, which is that 100% of school age children are attending school. Historically, this has not been the case. Compulsory education has only been the norm for the past 110-or-so years. This chart (linked from a Wikipedia article) shows the point I was trying to make: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Educational_Attainment_in_the_United_States_2009.png . Note on the chart that in 1950 roughly 52% of the population aged 29 to 25 had completed high school. Then look at the data for 2005, showing an increase to 88%. That's a 60% increase in the percentage of students who were in schools until the end of 12th grade. Historical studies have suggested that many of these additional students are the ones with learning challenges who would have dropped out in earlier decades. So, my larger point is that we have increased the number of students, which raises the costs (bigger/more facilities, more teachers, more chalk, more electricity, etc.); also, many of those students have also required higher investments of time and materials to help them with their learning challenges (ADHD, autism, deafness, vision impairments, cognitive challenges, etc.), which have also raised costs.
Captain Midnight May 20, 2013 at 03:00 AM
Sorry mainstreet, I did forget to close the quotes; it should have been "real companies". I was not attempting to put words in your mouth.
Adam Wienieski May 20, 2013 at 03:50 AM
Teachers' and administrators salaries are not frozen they're adjusted for inflation; that's a Cost Of Living Adjustment that can only ratchet higher not a freeze. As a public employee you may not be aware that many private sector employees actually saw reductions in pay and benefits due to the Great Recession. There was no stimulus package to prevent layoffs or give backs. "Back In The Day" of early teacher retirements was up until 2012 for most school districts after Act 10 was signed into law in 2011. Teachers hired in the 1990's could retire at age 55 with 15 years worked and get "big stipends on top of their regular state retirement, plus health care coverage until they were eligible for Medicare." Some of your peers are suing the taxpayers to restore this expensive scam -- http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/news/204504951.html We certainly spend more money on pay and benefit packages for teacher and administrators than in the past but what do we have to show for it? Schools in Wisconsin, Minnesota, the Dakotas, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri and Illinois spend only average amounts per pupil and their college bound high school juniors and seniors achieve impressive SAT scores. While college track students from big spending public schools in New York, New Jersey, DC, Vermont, Delaware and Connecticut score much lower on the SAT. The "percentage of school age children being educated" is the same in both cases. Clearly, financial inputs do not equal cognitive outputs.
Mike Tucker May 20, 2013 at 02:05 PM
Bottom line, you can make more $$$ and have a community that supports your work in other districts in the Metro. Hudson salaries need to be on par with other districts in the Metro (like it or not we are in the Metro).
Teri Larsen May 20, 2013 at 03:00 PM
To be honest, I hope you're right that more teaching positions will be opening up. My husband is a soon-to-be-unemployed teacher currently working in MN who would give his eye teeth to be working next year at all...and working in WI would be awesome! We're hopeful he can find something, but will likely be working in a career other than teaching come summer...
J May 20, 2013 at 05:36 PM
Are River Falls, Somerset and New Richmond Salaries on Par with the Metro??
Paine Reliever May 21, 2013 at 01:20 AM
Not quite but they pay more than our teachers, and there is not the same constant baseless negativity in those communities.
TT13 May 21, 2013 at 01:38 AM
Gosh, Paine, I suppose you think everyone should just look the other way with respect to the discriminatory "targeting" by the IRS. We should never question any unethical activity; is that your stance? McIntrye was excellent at his job and well respected in the community. If he was recruited away to serve in a capacity that would propel his career and it was in the best interest of his family, then we should applaud his decision to seize the opportunity. You seem to confuse the distaste for the superintendent here as "negativity" towards the entire district - simply not the case.
Rolen Free May 21, 2013 at 07:42 AM
I'd like to be honestly critical , P.R. your a jerk !
Paine Reliever May 21, 2013 at 10:24 AM
Wrong TT13, I do applaud his decision to leave for career advancement and more money and for a district that has less negativity. It is the people that claim that he left because of our perceived distaste for our superintendent that I disagree with. Pay attention.
Paine Reliever May 21, 2013 at 10:29 AM
Also, in regards to unethical behavior, no, I won't look the other way when Sandy Gerhke violates board policies.


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