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Correction: Knorr still administrator

by Jade Bolack

December 19, 2013

WALWORTH — In the Dec. 19 issue of the Regional News, an article incorrectly stated who the permanent Walworth District Administrator is.

Administrator Pam Knorr's contract was approved at the Dec. 16 school board meeting. Her previous contract expired at the end of June.

No details of the contract were disclosed.

Knorr has been on medical leave since Oct. 7. Principal Pam Larson has been acting administrator in Knorr's place.

While Knorr's status is not typical, School Board President Kelly Freeman said in a phone interview Dec. 20 that the board waits until teacher contracts are settled before approving administration contracts.

The district policy states "administrative contracts shall be reviewed and approved at the board's June meeting or at a mutually agreed upon time."

"I stated at the meeting, I believe it was in September, in fact, I know it was September, that we do not settle administrative contracts until we have settled the contracts for the teachers," Freeman said. "That's always been our policy. Sometimes It's June. It can be anytime. It all depends on our teacher contracts."

While Larson has been acting administrator, sixth-grade math teacher Brent Wilson has been acting principal.

A principal contract is up for approval at a special meeting Dec. 20. During the Dec. 16 board meeting, School Board Clerk Mary Heyer requested the board table a decision on the principal contract until the board's attorney could answer a question.

At a special board meeting Dec. 2, according to the meeting minutes, the school board approved salary increases for Larson and Knorr for 1.38 percent for 2012-13 school year and 2.07 percent for the 2013-14 school year.

According to Wisconsin state statute, district administrator contracts are automatically approved until notice is given to the administrator four mouths prior to the contract's expiration date.

In Knorr's case, her most recent contract ran from July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2013, and a nonrenewal notice, if the board wanted, would have to have been issued in February.

Freeman said though this auto-renewal does happen it's not official until the contracts are signed.

Freeman declined to say anything else about Knorr's status or the contracts.

"At the next board meeting, I will do so (update the public on Knorr's status with the district)," she said. "I will not do this over the telephone. ... At the next regular board meeting, we will speak to that if we're asked."

Freeman said she would not answer any more district policy questions.

Larson and other school board members didn't return phone calls to the Regional News.

The Regional News issued an open records request Dec. 20 for the new contracts for both Knorr and Larson and job descriptions for the interim positions Larson and Wilson are holding.