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School District Business Director Leaving, Too

Kristin Kollath told the Greenfield School Board of intended resignation earlier this week, one week after former Superintendent Conrad Farner did the same.

As the Greenfield School Board decides how to replace former Superintendent Conrad Farner, it will simultaneously be searching for a new business director.

Director of Business Services Kristin Kollath has informed the Greenfield School Board of her intention to resign effective Feb. 22.

Kollath told Greenfield Patch she accepted a position in higher education.

“My tenure at the School District of Greenfield has been highlighted by the good fortune of working with quality, hard-working and dedicated staff,” Kollath said. “I’ve grown substantially as a professional over the six and a half years with the district and I’m proud of what we have been able to accomplish during this time.

“I thank the School Board for the opportunity to serve the students, staff and community of the School District of Greenfield. I know the district will continue to achieve great things in the future and wish nothing but the best for the School District of Greenfield as it will always hold a special place in my heart.”

Kollath had been responsible for all non-instructional business operations in her role since Aug. 2006. Before that, she held the same position in for the Brown Deer School District for more than 4 years.

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Kollath’s position was posted on the Wisconsin Education Career Access Network website Tuesday. The Greenfield School Board is expected to approve her resignation at its meeting Monday, board president Bruce Bailey said.

“We’re disappointed that she is leaving, but we’re going to move on and we’re going to try to fill that spot as soon as we can,” Bailey said. “We posted it (yesterday) so we can start acting on it. We don’t know if it will be (an) interim (hiring) or not. We might consider that until we can fill the position permanently.”

According to the WECAN posting, candidates will “preferably have a Master’s degree reflecting a concentration in business, finance, and/or related fields; and possess or be eligible for State of Wisconsin Business Manager qualifications.”

The business director works closely with the superintendent in leading the district’s operations financial affairs, budgetary process and purchasing services. The director also supervises and evaluates personnel assigned to the business office, technology department, buildings and grounds department and food services and oversees the district’s medical insurance programs and student transportation.

Applications are due by Jan. 31.

Kollath’s departure would leave the district with vacancies in two of its top three administrative positions with only Director of Educational Services Todd Bugnacki remaining.

KHD January 16, 2013 at 10:56 PM
I would like to see Todd Bugnacki follow suit. We could start fresh then.
karen k January 17, 2013 at 02:43 AM
Her job is not an easy job.
RAJ January 17, 2013 at 10:12 AM
She was good at her job, what are we going to get now. KHD hope you and others are willing to pay the increase in taxes when the board has to hire an HR Director as well as others that did the job she and Conrad did.
KHD January 17, 2013 at 10:23 AM
RAJ, I am more than willing to pay extra. How do you know she did a good job? I can't believe you think Conrad did a good job. Instead of using $200,000 for changing the schools start times, we can use it on getting top notch administrators and improving school safety.
Terri January 17, 2013 at 04:26 PM
Well RAJ, Kristen DID toe the company (uh make that Conrad's) line, if that is your definition of doing a good job. I personally would like to see the district move back to the area's standard administrative configuration. Super, HR, Business manager, Curriculum and Instruction, Pupil Services (Director of Special Ed). The business dept has added positions during Conrad's reign, probably to free Kristin up for other focus on other duties...... Trim that back and eliminate positions such as PR and other Conrad created positions. By keeping his direct administrative circle small and tight Conrad was able to make sure he was able to have people who played on HIS team, not necessarily the district's. Conrad's team was able to put their heads together and come up with self-serving plans....like the appointment of Diane Eckes.... REALLY????? REALLY???? A larger more balanced team is harder to corrupt and put though insane proposals like that.
Lee January 17, 2013 at 04:44 PM
What is this the doom and gloom report. Employees (key or not) leave positions each and every day. They are always replaced unless the (job) position is eliminated. Life goes on here folks. Replacements will be found. Some sooner, some later. Some great, some not so great, and maybe even bad. We won't know that until someone is hired. Let the school board fill the positions and we must give the new employees a chance. Rome was not built in a day, and neither was Greenfield.
John Seymour January 17, 2013 at 04:51 PM
Terri, I see you too know what really went on. There was a glass ceiling for people who disagreed with anything Conrad did. Remember, he once wanted to eliminate ALL parent teacher conferences and looked also had a "hit list" of teachers to fire who disagreed with him. People just don't know how bad it was.
Fred January 17, 2013 at 06:44 PM
I want the job. pay me 150,000. I will pick my Bus manager.
KHD January 17, 2013 at 11:27 PM
John, Are you a fly that lives in the district office ??
John Seymour January 18, 2013 at 02:11 AM
I'm somebody who thinks that KiDS should come first and the education of all kids is the most important thing we can do. When someone is clearly not doing things in the best interest of kids...I get upset.

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