A meeting of the Cherokee School Board was scheduled for Friday at noon to act on the letter of resignation and to discuss procedures for hiring a new superintendent.
In his letter of resignation, Lode praised the employees of the district as wonderfull staff members who care for kids, the school board for unselfish service and leadership, and the citizens of the district for support for education.
"I want to leave the party while I'm still having fun," Lode commented when asked about his reasons for resigning from the position he has had since 1996.
He looks forward to attending fewer meetings and sleeping later than 5 a.m., but he does intend to find some other work, possibly in education. He and his wife, Sherry, plan on remaining in Cherokee.
In his letter of resignation, Lode stated, "These 34 years in education have been a great ride. How fortunate for me to work in four different school districts and enjoy time in every one. I can look back on my career with no regrets about the profession I chose or the places I worked. The past nine years in Cherokee highlight my experience."
Lode graduated from Sheldon High School in 1966 and graduated from Buena Vista College in 1971 with a double major in German and business.
Lode began his teaching career in Miles, Iowa, where he taught high school German. He also taught a junior high Social Studies class. He later became a guidance counselor and then a principal.
While a teacher in Miles and later as an administrator in Miles, Aurelia and Cherokee, he pursued graduate studies. He obtained a Masters Degree from Northeast Missouri State in 1976, a Secondary Administration Degree from Northern Illinois University in 1979 and a Specialist Degree from the University of South Dakota in 1985. He earned his doctorate degree at the University of South Dakota in 1999.
In 1980, Lode moved to Aurelia as high school principal. In 1982, he became superintendent. For two years in a row, the School Administrators of Iowa named Lode the Superintendent of the Year for AEA 12 (the area served by Western Iowa Technical Community College).
For three years, Lode was a shared superintendent with the Aurelia and Galva-Holstein districts, until each district decided they needed a full time top administrator. Lode was offered the position in both districts. He chose to remain in Aurelia.
In 1996, Lode became superintendent of the Cherokee District.
Marlin and Sherry have raised three children. Shawna, Missy and Matt.
Lode's letter of resignation concluded, "Working with kids has to be the greatest job in the world."