HMS principal resigning
Gromala to finish school year
By Scott Bellile
Hortonville Middle School and Fox West Academy Principal Steven Gromala will leave the Hortonville Area School District at the end of the 2017-18 school year.
The Hortonville School Board unanimously approved Gromala’s resignation at a regular board meeting Monday, Jan. 8. His resignation is effective June 30.
Gromala declined to comment.
Gromala was hired as principal at HMS in 2012.
“[We] appreciate Mr. Gromala’s work at Hortonville Middle School,” HASD Superintendent Todd Timm told the Press Star following Monday’s board meeting. “His contributions over six years are very much appreciated and we wish him the best of luck.”
Timm said the school district will soon post the job opening and move forward with the candidate interviewing process.
Prior to coming to HASD, Gromala served as principal at Wrightstown Middle School, Little Wolf Junior High School in Manawa and Ashland High School. He was also an associate principal and social studies teacher in Wautoma.
In the summer of 2016, HASD parents accused Gromala of bullying staff members at HMS. A district employee who would not go on the record told the Press Star Gromala was exonerated of any wrongdoing.
When the Press Star asked Timm to confirm this, he said the district cannot comment on personnel matters.
Gromala’s resignation comes at a time of transition within the HASD administration. At the start of the 2017-18 school year, the district welcomed a new superintendent, high school principal, high school associate principal, high school dean of students and elementary and middle school associate principal. Three of the five hires were internal.