Wednesday, May 28, 2014 | NEWS
Resignations accepted at Luck School
Mary Stirrat | Staff writer
LUCK — Two resignations and two retirements, accepted by the Luck School Board of Education Monday night, May 26, will mean some changes for the upcoming year.
Resigning to take positions with other school districts are school psychologist/director of special education Kristi Fenning and physical and health education teacher Megan Challoner. Their letters of resignation were accepted by the board with thanks for their service to the school.
Fenning has been with the district for nine years, with the Frederic School District contracting with Luck for half of her time. She spent one day per week at Luck in the capacity of special education director, and 1-1/2 days a week as school psychologist.
Frederic recently voted to contract with CESA 11 for special education services, and Luck cannot support a full-time position alone.
At the May 26 meeting of the Luck School Board, district Administrator Rick Palmer reported that he has made arrangements to contract with CESA 11’s Dawn Western as special education director. Western serves at six area schools, but two of those districts recently voted to hire their own personnel, allowing Luck to have some of her time.
A meeting with the other schools using her services will be held in the near future to determine how much time she will spend at each place, Palmer said, and the cost will be figured accordingly.
“I think it will be a quick solution and I think it will be at a fairly reasonable cost,” he said. However, Palmer added, special education laws require that each district show “maintenance of effort” in funding special education, so expenditures cannot be dramatically decreased without putting state and federal aid at risk.
No decision was made regarding the position of school psychologist, but Palmer indicated that the implementation of Response to Intervention has lightened the number of referrals to the psychologist.
Fenning’s resignation states that she has accepted a full-time position as school psychologist at a district in California.
In her letter of resignation, physical and health education teacher Megan Challoner said that leaving Luck was a difficult decision to make. “I have had many opportunities within the school and community that I never even dreamed of,” she said, “and they have made me a stronger and better teacher and person. I know that I have changed the culture in Luck to be one that is active and looking forward to positive changes, and I know this will continue long after I am gone.”
She said that her goal has been to be a full-time physical education teacher in an area close to a college campus, where she can host student teachers and influence the next generations of physical education teachers.
Challoner has been 89 percent of full time at Luck. She has accepted a full-time position at Elmwood, said Palmer. “I hate to lose her,” he said, “but that is the situation.”