No action was taken at a special Manawa School Board meeting, Monday, Dec. 23, to fill the Little Wolf High School principal vacancy.
The vacancy was created when Karl Morrin resigned the week of Dec. 16, effective immediately. The board accepted Morrin’s resignation at the meeting.
During the meeting, the school board met in closed session for a little over an hour. When it reconvened in open session, Kurt Kreklow, board president, said filling the principal vacancy was discussed during closed session, but there would be no action taken at the meeting. He said a decision on how to proceed regarding the vacancy will be made shortly.
After the meeting, Ed Dombrowski, district administrator, told the County Post East that he would continue to do both the principal and superintendant jobs. He did note that others in the district will help him perform those duties.
Dombrowski also said, because of the circumstance, the vacancy does not need to be posted to be filled. The school board can appoint someone from inside or outside the district to fill the vacancy.
The board unanimously approved a contract and non-renewal for Tracy Breaker for a long-term substitute elementary teacher for 2013-14. Breaker is to receive an annual salary of $18,404, which is prorated from $32,337.
The board also unanimously approved hiring Jennifer Bessette for the guidance secretary position.
Board members Helene Pohl and Russ Hollman were absent.
The board also accepted the resignation of Mary Besaw from her health/hot lunch aide position. Besaw submitted her resignation letter on Dec. 17.
In the resignation letter, she stated, “The inconsistencies of this administration make working here uncomfortable, stressful, and unsafe. The duties expected of a health aide are beyond my scope of practice without the guidance of a school nurse, which was either never here or as of now, not enough hours in a week to help maintain the health and well being of our students. Also, the idea of substantial reduction in hours, pay, and benefits has lead to the conclusion that there is no longer a future here.”
Her resignation was effective, Dec. 31.