Essex School Board President, Tyler Johnson, turned in his resignation Friday, June 17. effective today.
In his resignation letter, Johnson states, "Over the last several months it has become increasingly clear that the direction the community and the other board members want to go with our new administration and school, is something that I can no longer in good conscience support." In addition, he reminds current and future board members that the financial situation of the district has not changed. Vice President, Clint Hascall, turned in his resignation on June 18.
In late January, Essex School Board announced due to a decline in enrollment the district was facing financial difficulties. Previously, Paul Croghan, Superintendent, stated the financial situation is due to enrollment trends and pointed out declining enrollment has been an issue for the last few years, but explained the district was taken by surprise with a decline of 21 students this school year.
The district still faces the suggested cut of $500,000 over the next few years and replacing the Superintendent and several business positions that are part of a previous operational sharing agreement with East Mills School District.
In other news, Superintendent Wells of Hamburg School District was interviewed June 17 for the sharing of the superintendent position in Essex. No one was available to comment on if the board to action toward the hiring of Superintendent Wells at the special meeting on June 17. School districts are required to settle operational sharing agreements by June 30.