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Janesville principal removed from post; officials won’t say why

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FRANK J. SCHULTZ
June 2, 2010
— A Janesville elementary school principal has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.

Superintendent Karen Schulte would not discuss the nature of the investigation, but she said the allegations do not involve students, do not involve misappropriation of funds and are not the subject of a police investigation.


John Walczak, principal of Jackson School on the city’s south side, was placed on leave Thursday, said Steve Sperry, the district’s personnel director and supervisor of the principals.


Walczak is on paid leave. He is being paid $97,726 this school year.


Kristen Moisson will take over at Jackson, probably through the end of the school year, Schulte said.


Moisson is the district's coordinator of early learning and the Preschool for Janesville program.


Schulte said the internal investigation will include interviews with all 65 Jackson staff members.


“Our priorities are to conduct a diligent and fair investigative process,” Schulte said in a letter to Jackson parents.


“I would like to inform you that during this time I will be providing quality leadership to assure a smooth and successful end of the school year process,” Schulte wrote in the letter. “Jackson students are my number one priority.”


“We’re also in contact with Dr. Walczak, making sure everything that he wanted to try to get done, that we’re carrying that out right now,” Sperry said.


Asked whether Walczak would return next school year, Schulte responded: “I’ll know more after the investigation is completed.”


Walczak taught in the New Berlin School District from 1990-96. He was a middle school guidance counselor and assistant principal in the Whitnall School District from 1996-2000.


Walczak was assistant principal at Janesville’s Edison Middle School for eight years starting in 2000. He was appointed principal at Jackson in spring 2008.


Walczak earned a master’s degree in school counseling from UW-Whitewater in 1995. He earned a doctorate in educational administration in 2008.



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