Bettendorf School District superintendent retains job after board fails to approve firing

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BETTENDORF, Iowa (KWQC) - An attempt to fire the Bettendorf School District Superintendent fell flat Tuesday evening.

An attempt to fire the Bettendorf School District Superintendent fell flat Tuesday evening.

Following a thirty-minute “emergency executive session”, the board convened in public session where a motion to terminate Michael Raso was made by one board member. There was no second made, allowing the motion to fail and Raso to retain his job for now.

School board members voted earlier this year to not automatically renew Raso's contract when it expires at the end of the next school year. No one on the school board would discuss tonight’s attempt to fire the superintendent.

The school board voted earlier this year to not automatically renew Raso's contract. The contract was set to automatically renew for one-year in March if the district did not act.

Raso has been with the school district since 2008. He first served as the assistant superintendent, then interim superintendent before entering his current role in 2016.

Raso replaced Theron Schutte, who resigned to take a similar job in Marshalltown, Iowa.