Jay Mathis returns to home town

Jay Mathis

Eldora-New Providence school superintendent Jay Mathis said there is nothing but good feelings for the school district here, but the chance to go home to northeast Iowa and the Allamakee School District where he graduated, to take over the superintendent job there, was simply too good to turn down.

Mathis has been superintendent here since 2012, and he says he hopes that the move to Waukon, where both he and his wife Maria have parents, will be the family’s final one in the course of his career in education.

Mathis is from the Waukon area. His parents still have a farm near the community.

He taught not far away in Decorah earlier in his career, along with at Garner Hayfield, then was a school principal at Clear Lake for a dozen years before coming to Eldora-New Providence.

During his tenure as superintendent here he was for a year also the superintendent at the Gladbrook Reinbeck’s schools – during the 2015- 16 school year – serving as a joint administrator for both districts. Mathis says the experience in Eldora- New Providence was a great one, not only for himself but his family as a whole.

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