Members of the Learning Community Council voted 16-0 Thursday night to hire Keith Rohwer as interim chief executive officer.

Rohwer, an Omaha education consultant and former superintendent of Nebraska City Public Schools, will be paid $8,333.33 a month — that’s the equivalent of $100,000 a year, but he’s not expected to work a full year.

He will be reimbursed for expenses, but he will not receive employee benefits. His contract with the Learning Community will run month to month.

It calls for him to work four days a week and attend meetings and events outside regular workdays, Council Chairwoman Lorraine Chang said.

The four-day schedule was set up because Rohwer has prior consulting commitments, including aiding the Fremont Public Schools on issues related to No Child Left Behind.

He is expected to be on board for six to eight months while the council looks for someone to hire permanently.

“We expect that we are going to reopen the search in December, which is a good window time when we expect more applications from educators,” Chang said.

In August, council members passed over two finalists recommended by a search firm to replace retired CEO Ted Stilwill.

The same firm, McPherson and Jacobson, recommended Rohwer and will conduct the search when it resumes.

State lawmakers created the Learning Community in 2007 and charged it with launching programs to help disadvantaged children achieve in school.

The education cooperative is made up of 11 metro Omaha school districts in Douglas, Sarpy and part of Washington Counties.

Since 2005, Rohwer has been a consultant and principal partner in the FGR Group. In the 1970s, he taught sixth and second grade at Lincoln Elementary School in Fremont. He was later an elementary principal and assistant superintendent in Fremont.

From 2008 to 2014, he was an assistant professor of education and chairman of the teacher education department at Midland University in Fremont. He has consulted in various capacities with school boards and the Nebraska Council of School Administrators.

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402-444-1077, joe.dejka@owh.com

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