Delavan-Darien School Board considers associate principal post for teacher
The Delavan-Darien School Board is considering overlooking state licensing requirements to hire a teacher formerly employed by the district as an associate principal.
At a special meeting Tuesday, the board met to consider the agenda item: "possible positions for rehiring Craig Lodahl."
Lodahl taught advanced science courses and was the wrestling coach and assistant football coach at the high school until the end of the 2010-11 school year. He then took a job teaching at Badger High School in Lake Geneva while continuing in his coaching positions at Delavan-Darien.
He has since resigned from both coaching positions.
"Most people here know that when I ran for office, I said that I'd like to see Mr. Lodahl rehired by the district," board President Jeffrey Scherer said Tuesday.
The district anticipates having an opening in the high school science department, but that wasn't the position Lodahl was being considered for.
Instead, the discussion centered on giving Lodahl the associate principal's position recently vacated by Jennifer Paepke.
Interim district administrator Carey Bradley said, "Administration is recommending a licensed administrator."
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction requires teachers and administrators to have specific licenses that usually are attached to education requirements.
In some cases, an individual can be hired for a job and then complete licensing requirement while working.
Board Vice President Joe Peyer pointed out that this had been done in the past and could be done for Lodahl.
"If we can, in any way, shape or form, bring Mr. Lodahl back, it would be a victory for the school district," Peyer said.
Bradley said the department of public instruction has begun "to change their expectations in terms of licensure."
At that point, the board went into closed session to discuss the issue. After nearly two hours of discussion, the board convened in open session, and Scherer said no decision had been made.
On Thursday, Bradley said she expected the issue to be on the agenda for Monday's regular school board meeting.
While working in the Delavan-Darien School District, Lodahl's salary and benefits package totaled $93,138. At Badger High School, his salary and benefits package was $88,589.
Paepke's salary and benefit package was $108,493. Because salaries usually are based on experience and licensing, it's unknown how much the new associate principal would make.