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School Board Member Says Resignations are 'Disturbing'

Russ Spahn told administration Monday he'd like to hear from those leaving, even after Superintendent Conrad Farner said the five resignations were in line with other years.

One of the newest members is concerned with the number of resignations the Board was asked to approve Monday.

Russ Spahn, , would like a chance to speak with the outgoing district employees to get their take on why they’re leaving.

On Monday, the Board approved five resignations, , and those of four teachers.

“This is disturbing to see this many people leave,” Spahn said.

Spahn asked if those leaving were given exit interviews. Superintendent Conrad Farner said just about all of them spoke with either building administrators, assistant superintendent Todd Bugnacki or him before leaving, but said they were not formal interviews.

He added this time of year the district receives a number of resignations for a variety of reasons.

“I wouldn’t classify this as disturbing,” Farner told Spahn. “We have about this many resignations every year.”

Board member Pam Sierzchulski said the resignation letters of all outgoing employees were included in the Board’s meeting packet and that four of them gave reasons for leaving in those letters.

“It wasn’t a mass exodus. It was personal reasons,” Sierzchulski said.

But Spahn wasn’t satisfied. He said as a before becoming a Board member, he’s familiar with resignation letters and wants more information.

“I often read those and typically what they’re writing is as professional as possible for their future, and not necessarily all the facts,” Spahn said. “I’d like to hear personally from those folks. Writing is nice, but I’d like to talk to them.”

Theodore Kraig June 21, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Greenfield and New Berlin are in the same boat. Morale for staff is abominably low and many fine people are getting out as fast as they can. The common denominator? Jim Korom is the attorney for both districts and he advises them on how to terrorize employees for maximum top-down control.
robert heule June 22, 2012 at 03:46 PM
BIG NEWS! I heard that Alverno is advising its graduate student teachers not to apply at Greenfield or New Berlin.
Shari June 22, 2012 at 08:37 PM
That is funny Robert, because I have also strongly advised graduating teachers to avoid Greenfield and New Berlin. The strong teachers will get jobs elsewhere. The weak ones will be stuck with Greenfield as a last resort.
robert heule June 22, 2012 at 09:50 PM
Theodore Kraig, More on Jim Korum. At the orientation session for new board members, he told Russ Spahn that he might have to leave an open meeting if anything the board was dealing with anything affecting his wife (employed by the District ). Hello, what about abstaining, counselor?
robert heule June 26, 2012 at 01:54 AM
He imported a friend from West Allis to speak in his behalf. In fact I believe the guy is on the Greenfield payroll.

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