From The Superintendent
We are near the close of the school year, but we are extremely busy with activity both closing 2012-13 and preparing for 2013-14. With last night’s board meeting some critical action was taken. Our principal Dan Dowden has resigned as he accepts a teaching position at Whitewater High School. Dan served for three years and did a great job connecting with students and moving our curriculum forward during his tenure.
We hosted four Columbus school board members along with their superintendent to a public meeting. The primary topic was the consolidation. Columbus requested the meeting and wanted to explore the level of interest from the Fall River Board and community. While we were gracious hosts, with approximately 35 citizens attending, I believe the overwhelming message, was; maybe someday, but not now. We have a healthy dialogue which I believe strengthen some mutual respect. There was a prevalent tone of working together where dollars can be saved but identity retained. Another recurring theme was that if a merger were to ever happen we should not be looking in a singular direction.
The board did not plan nor take any action from this meeting as they went to their regular May business meeting following the cordial departure of their Columbus counterparts. In our board officer election, Doug Lee will repeat as president, Warren Koenig became vice president, Ember Schulz-Roughen clerk and Wendy Corlett treasurer. The board’s next regular meeting will be June 12. A special meeting will occur for interviews and selection of a possible new principal on May 29.
Yours in Education,
Jeff Tortomasi, District Administrator
office-920-484-3333 ext 225 cell - 715-905-0909 e-mail - jtortomasi@fall river.k12.wi.us
Board Of Education
Doug Lee, President
Warren Koenig, Vice President
Ember Schultz-Roughen, Clerk
Wendy Corlett, Treasurer
David Brozek, Director
Jeff Tortomasi – Superintendent Dan Dowden – Principal Cory Hinkel – Dean of Students