BELOIT - Newly-elected School District of Beloit board member Megan Miller had some concerns about the board's decision to transfer Assistant Superintendent Darrell Williams to Fruzen Intermediate School prior to the date when she and new board member John Winkelmann will be sworn in. Winkelmann was cautious, saying he did not have all the information current board members may have discussed.
Miller said she didn't understand the urgency to make the decision before the new board members are seated.
"I don't know any of the reasons the board did what it did. I think that it's pretty clear, with more than 40 people at the meeting, there is strong community opposition to this," Miller said. "Unless there was some urgency about the decision, it would have been nice to wait so the new board members could make well-informed decisions and know what is going on."
Miller said she couldn't give an opinion on the board's decision to transfer Williams because she doesn't have all the information. She said, however, that it seemed like a big deal to the community.
"It feels like they are shoving things through. We just don't know if there is a reason for it," she said.
When Board Treasurer Kyle Larsen was asked why it was important to make a decision before the new board members are sworn in, he said the current board had previously dealt with the assistant principal position at Fruzen and discussed how to support staff and students.
"It was important that the board resolve that situation before the new board is seated," Larsen said.
When asked if the reassignment is temporary or permanent, he said it's currently until June 30. Then, new Superintendent Dr. Stanley Munro, will decide what happens.
When Charles was asked why the board moved ahead with the decision she issued the following statement: "The current board is most aware of the district's unique needs and recent situations, including Fruzen school's desperate need for administrative help. By law, the board must vote to approve all recommendations brought forward by the superintendent. Fruzen is one of our largest schools, and presents far more responsibilities than can be handled by one administrator. The superintendent brought forward what he believed was the best recommendation for this school's urgent needs, and the board approved it, in the best interest of the students."