Unit 9

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Unit 9 School Board members Rusty Maulding, Sarah Combes, administrative assistant Connie Breeling, board members Gina Greene, James Bruns, Brittany Cluver, Kirk

McTaggart and Rebecca Wittenborn take part in Tuesday’s meeting.

The Unit 9 School Board and superintendent have agreed to an amicable and mutually-agreed upon separation.

At Tuesday night’s school board meeting, the announcement was made after a lengthy executive session by the board after which several personnel issues was voted upon.

The vote on ending the employment relationship with Superintendent Guy Gradert was announced last, with the vote from the board 7-0.

Gradert was not at the meeting.

Board President James Bruns read a prepared statement.

“On May 21, 2019, the Board of Education and the Superintendent, Mr. Guy Gradert, determined to amicably and mutually end their employment relationship, effective June 30, 2019. Mr. Gradert will continue to serve as Superintendent through the remainder of the current school year.

“It is important to the Parties that this is not a result of fault or misconduct, but best described as a mutual and apical decision to end their contractual relationship.

“The Board of Education wishes Mr. Gradert success in his future endeavors and assisting in a smooth transition between himself and the School District’s next administration. In turn, Mr. Gradert would like to thank and commend Unit 9 Community Membres, Parents, Board of Education, Administration Staff and Students for providing the best education to the students of the School District.”

After the meeting, Bruns said again that the decision was mutual and amicable.

He said the board will be searching for an interim superintendent. The new fiscal year begins July 1 and finding a superintendent in that short amount of time would not be easy.

That will give the board time to find a permanent superintendent to start out the 2020-21 school year.