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Two Greenfield School District Administrators Resign

Math coordinator Sara Summ's resignation was approved by the School Board on Monday, while Michelle Weisrock, the curriculum coordinator, resigned earlier this month.

The that has been the Greenfield School District this summer has not been limited to teachers.

On Monday, the district said good-bye to two administrators, but welcomed three more as the final pieces of the district’s staffing puzzle continue to be put into place with the start of the school year rapidly approaching.

The Greenfield School Board unanimously accepted the resignation of District Math Coordinator Sara Summ, who accepted a higher paying position with a state agency, according to board packet information.

Summ’s contract had been renewed in January 2011.

Superintendent Conrad Farner also announced that he had accepted and approved the resignation of Michelle Weisrock on Aug. 9.

Weisrock was hired by the district in March 2011 to be the principal of . After one year in that position, the 2011-12 school year, Weisrock moved to the curriculum coordinator administrative position in June, and was .

According to a memo from Farner to the board, resignations are typically presented to the board for action, unless there is a timing issue involving releasing the individual to enter into a new contract with a new employer, which was the case with Weisrock, who accepted a principal position in another district.

At the same meeting, Farner introduced interim principal Christine Brzycki, who has been in place for about a month after replacing Rebecca Toetz, who was hired at the same time as Weisrock but after the 2011-12 school year.

Brzycki was an assistant principal at Elm Dale last year.

“I’m very excited to be here and I’m glad to continue in the district,” Brzycki said.

Some board members had been throughout the summer but had little to say Monday. Newly reappointed member Rick Moze, however, said the circumstances present an opportunity to revise the district’s , which charges teachers a fee for leaving the district late in the summer.

“Last month, teachers were charged $1,500 for leaving the district,” Moze said. “Here a month later, we have two administrators leaving and they aren’t charged anything. Why is there the double standard? … When I read this, I was appalled.”

The board did approve the hiring of two administrators among 11 new contracts approved. Charity Eich is the district’s new District Literacy Coordinator and Tracy Flater is the assistant principal at Maple Grove.

John Seymour August 21, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Once again, all these people leaving should be an indication of something. How can you not charge the administrators for leaving especially this late. I also hope they did not take any classes while they were employed that were reimbursed by the District. That would be a sham. Good luck to Ms. Weisrock's new school.
Ben Hogan August 22, 2012 at 05:44 PM
John@ Last year the parents and teachers were all complaining about Ms Weisrock and demanded that the board and administration rectify the situation. Now the board accepts her resignation and you are complaining about people leaving the district! This is an example of removing someone who was not a proper fit for the district. You should be thanking the administration (IN THIS EXAMPLE) of taking care of a problem. As for the other resignations you may have a point.
John Seymour August 22, 2012 at 06:20 PM
@ Ben I should have been more specific...I agree with Ms. Weisrock(although I feel bad for her new school)...totally...my concern is with all of the others that are leaving. There has to be a reason. Both curriculum coordinators leave, they have to hire an interim principal at a grade school? When most openings in the area have over 100 applicants? The reputation of Greenfield is falling fast around the state and it will only get worse. My other huge problem is that these people are free to go without paying back any $$$ this was not past practice...I know this for a fact. Take a look at how many good people have left and have been hired by much higher performing districts in the area. These people that are leaving and going for a reason and it is not money because Greenfield Admins/teachers are paid very well. We lost teachers to Franklin, Mequon, Tosa, and several other great places. All willing to fork over $1,500 cash to leave.
robert heule August 23, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Administrators should be treated the same as teachers. In fact the liquidated damage policy should be repealed. Who does the district claim causes the "damage"? Maybe the district is damaging it self. Two categories of people are being treated differently by Greenfield without specific statutory authority. The handbook must be completely reviewed, and the provisions that make the board and the administration surrogates of the Walker administration removed.
robert heule August 23, 2012 at 11:06 PM
GSD, Please dump the fines for self-improvement, AKA Liquidated Damage Policy. It may cause the taxpayers more money for the district to defend itself in court than to collect the fines.
robert heule August 23, 2012 at 11:09 PM
To teachers that resign. If the GSD doesn't dock your last check, don't pay!
robert heule August 23, 2012 at 11:20 PM
At a recent meeting the Greenfield School Board had a proposal before it to lower the "fines for self-improvement" AKA Liquidated Damage Policy. The proposal failed on a tie vote, with two progressives and one "moderate" voting to lower the fines, and two neanderthals and one "moderate" voting to keep them high.
SBR August 26, 2012 at 07:11 PM
The reason teachers get fined for leaving so close to a new school year is because the district is forced to scramble to fill the position before classes start, this is not the case with administrators, which work year round. they can replaced as soon as a suitable replacement is found - they are not tied to the school year.
John Seymour August 27, 2012 at 03:04 PM
SBR...past administrators have had to pay liquidated damages as well. I know this for a fact. Also, the fine for teachers is regardless of when they leave. I understand the money when leaving 2-3 weeks before school starts, but charging someone $1,500 in June and July is just punitive and mean. Again, most of the teachers who left went to much higher achieving districts and were "moving up".
GreenfieldParent September 04, 2012 at 03:40 PM
I was really hoping the Superintendant was one of them. Maybe he'll get one of the jobs he's been applying for.

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