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Milton Superintendent Tim Schigur, left, and Director of Administrative Operations Jerry Schuetz, right, stand at the front of a meeting where their voluntary resignations were announced Wednesday at the school district office in Milton.

MILTON

Milton School District Superintendent Tim Schigur and Director of Administrative Operations Jerry Schuetz will resign at the end of this school year.

School board President Joe Martin announced the resignations during a community information meeting Wednesday morning.

Schigur and Schuetz submitted their resignations voluntarily early this week. Both will be effective June 30, Martin said.

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Milton School Board President Joe Martin announces the resignations of Superintendent Tim Schigur and Director of Administrative Operations Jerry Schuetz on Wednesday at the school district office in Milton.

"Dr. Schigur and Dr. Schuetz have both indicated that they don’t want their presence in the district to stand in the way of what is most important: student opportunities and achievement," Martin said.

The school board will meet in coming weeks to determine an interim superintendent. The board will look within and outside the district to make sure the job duties Schigur and Schuetz performed will be fulfilled, Martin said.

Martin's public statement differs from a hard copy of the statement given to the media at the meeting. 

The hard copy states "the resignation agreements address issues with respect to potential claims against the district regarding the illegal release of their employment records earlier this year."

It also states the district will share the resignation agreements after Schuetz and Schigur are allowed time to augment the records. The agreements are expected to be released by the middle of next week and might include an additional prepared statement clarifying details in the agreements.

In an interview after the announcement, Martin said the prepared statement changed multiple times, and the version he read was the "final version."

He said the hard copy given to the media might have been a previous version and was not intended to be the board's official statement. 

When asked why the resignation agreements and potential claims against the district were no longer part of the official statement, Martin said the board had chosen not to mention those subjects because of possible "legal ramifications" and would wait to comment until the resignation process was complete.

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Director of Administrative Operations Jerry Schuetz receives hugs from well-wishers after he and Superintendent Tim Schigur resigned Wednesday at the school district office in Milton.

Both Schigur's and Schuetz’s contracts allow termination without penalty or prejudice under a mutual written agreement between the board and administrators.

The school board has approved resignation agreements for both Schuetz and Schigur, Martin told The Gazette.

In a mutual termination, the board can pay out unpaid salary and benefits accrued before termination, according to the contracts.

Both contracts are effective until June 2020.

Schuetz, Schigur and board members refused to answer media questions immediately after the meeting.

At the meeting, Martin lauded the district's successes under Schigur's and Schuetz's leadership, including better test scores, lower property tax rates, increased safety and better communication. He also attributed April’s successful facilities referendum and the 2016 operational referendum to Schigur and Schuetz.

The resignations follow months of controversy over an investigation into employee compensation and the release of open records.

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Milton Superintendent Tim Schigur and Director of Administrative Operations Jerry Schuetz stand as their resignations are announced by school board President Joe Martin on Wednesday at the Milton School District office.

The investigation specifically delved into the handling of stipends given to both Schigur and Schuetz.

A $10,500 payment to Schigur for obtaining his doctorate degree was determined to have violated board policy because it was approved only by former board President Tom Westrick. The full board approved the stipend retroactively after the investigation.

A $10,000 payment to Schuetz for additional job duties was given properly, according to the investigation, because the money had been budgeted for another position that went unfilled.

Multiple community members have called on Schigur and Schuetz to resign during board meetings and on social media.

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Milton Superintendent Tim Schigur hugs meeting attendees after his resignation was announced Wednesday at the school district office in Milton.

“We are, as a school board, directly responsible for creating some of those challenges and must now own them,” Martin said at the meeting.

“As the newly elected board president, it is my sincere hope that we can all learn from these events and work to ensure that the unfortunate experiences some of our staff members and their families have had to endure the past few months will not happen again in the future,” Martin said.

The board has launched a financial audit dating back nine years and has said it will review and update policies to prevent future errors and miscommunication.

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Director of Administrative Operations Jerry Schuetz, right, shakes hands with meeting attendees after his resignation was announced Wednesday at the school district office in Milton.

“... They (policy changes) can’t undo the internal and external damage done to the gentlemen seated with me here today. To that extent, collectively, we have all decided it is time to move forward,” Martin said.

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