District says Williams transfer is valid

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BELOIT - Although School District of Beloit Interim Superintendent Tony Bosco made the recommendation to transfer Assistant Superintendent Darrell Williams to be co-principal prior to former Interim Superintendent Donald Childs' resignation, the transfer is still valid, according to Public Information Officer Brian Vissers and Board of Education President Pam Charles in interviews Tuesday.

Dorothy Harrell, president of NAACP Beloit branch #3251, questioned if Bosco had the authority to make the recommendation in a letter to the editor published online on Tuesday.

Harrell also told the Daily News she had contacted the Wisconsin Association of School Boards and would be contacting the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction on the issue.

On April 9, the board accepted the resignation of Childs and appointed Bosco to the interim superintendent position effective immediately through June 30, according to a district press release. In an earlier interview with Charles, she said Childs' resignation would be effective April 12.

On Tuesday morning, Charles said the resignation agreement gave the board the right to appoint an acting interim superintendent at any time after board approval of the agreement, even before April 12.

"The board has the absolute right, contractually, to transfer an administrator whenever in the judgment of the board the transfer is in the best interest of the district," she said.

Vissers said that Bosco recommended Williams be moved to Fruzen to complete the school year, fill in for Assistant Principal Rachelle Brown-Clardy and help Principal Matt Klienschmidt wrap up the school year and get ready for next year.

"The board is who officially approved this and Mr. Bosco only recommended it to them. The reason he did the recommendation is that they knew he was going to be the interim superintendent to complete the year and that Dr. Childs was going to be leaving," Vissers said.

In a Tuesday interview, Charles said Williams hadn't reported to the job at Fruzen yet.

Vissers said that Williams is on a pre-planned vacation this week and when he returns he will take his post as co-principal.

"We do have a substitute administrator for the week there. The reasoning behind this is that in a school like Fruzen we need multiple people to oversee staff and students," Vissers said.

On April 10, the School District of Beloit Board of Education voted 6-1 to transfer Williams to serve as co-principal at Fruzen Intermediate School, effective immediately. The only board member to vote against it was Vice President David Wilson.

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