Peter Ansingh, a former longtime superintendent of the West Valley School District, has been fired by the school district in Iowa where he worked for the past two years over disagreements with the school board.

The termination was announced last Thursday and goes into effect June 30.

Ansingh was hired as superintendent of West Des Moines Community Schools in 2011 after spending 20 years as head of West Valley schools. The Iowa school board’s decision to fire him was because of “differences of opinion,” according to a story in the Des Moines Register.

The termination comes just before the end of Ansingh’s second year with the district. Because the board is cutting his three-year contract short, he was given a severance package as part of the separation agreement that includes a $225,000 lump sum plus his salary through June 30, totaling about $260,500, the Des Moines Register reported.

School board members did not elaborate on the reasons behind Ansingh’s firing. At a meeting Monday night, the newspaper reported that several teachers and parents told board members they were shocked and confused by the decision and wanted more explanation, but the school board president said she was not able to disclose details of personnel matters.

Ansingh left West Valley after two decades in the top spot, during which he oversaw the construction of the new high school and freshman-only campus. At the time of his departure, he was the longest-serving superintendent in the state of Washington for a school district the size of West Valley.

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