Fisher resigns, effective immediately
By Brianna Stubler
KEWASKUM — The Kewaskum School Board is looking for a replacement after member Jay Fischer resigned Monday.
He wrote a letter to board President Mark Sette and fellow board members explaining his decision, and asked for a day to call the members himself before the information was shared.
“The reason for my resignation is that we will be downsizing our home situation and relocating out of the district,” he wrote. After another child graduated and moved out, he and his wife wanted a smaller home, and sold theirs in less than two hours.
“I am humbled and grateful for the opportunity to have been a part of such a successful and progressive era during my time in Kewaskum,” Fisher wrote. “What I am most proud of, during my five plus years tenure with the school board, is that I have always kept the needs of our children first.” He thanked the members for their fellowship over the years, and said it was a privilege to work together with many of them.
“I would like to thank the administrative team for all their hard work, dedication and commitment to children,” he wrote. “Finally, I would like to especially thank District Administrator Jim Smasal, because without his vision and relentless hard work, the accomplishments we have seen over the past years would never have taken place.”
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He concluded wishing the district luck. Fisher will be moving in August, and since he will not be missing any meetings between now and then, decided to resign immediately so the board had more time to look for his replacement.
The district has done just that, issuing a notice Wednesday announcing the vacancy and desire to fill his position.
Anyone interested must file a letter of interest with Smasal and be an elector living within the school district boundaries. All letters need to be submitted on or before July 31 at 4 p.m.
The current board will interview candidates during the month of August, and if they cannot agree on a candidate, board Sette will appoint a replacement.
The atmosphere on the board during the past eight months has been sometimes been turbulent. The board censured member Jim Leister in November for conduct at a high school athletic event. The board also censured member Tim Ramthun in February and again in March for violating policies. Ramthun is under an ethics investigation as well. On Monday, Leister attempted to censure former board president and current member Troy Hanson, claiming comments Hanson made in a Daily News article violated policy.