Wally Selected as Gilman’s District Administrator, K-4 Principal

Wally was chosen as Gilman’s District Administrator and K-4 Principal during a special school board meeting on July 29th, as communicated on Gilman’s Facebook page (page 1, page 2).  This decision came after first-choice Chuck Norton from Westby declined an interim administrator position in the district.

Also posted to Gilman’s Facebook page was a letter penned by Wally.

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Wally Unexpectedly Resigns from Sisseton, Offers Mentoring Service

After less than a year at Sisseton, KWAT Radio News reports that Wally has resigned as superintendent effective August 14, 2017.  This comes just weeks before the fall semester is set to begin on August 23rd.

Aside from Wally stating that he wishes to “pursue opportunities closer to family,” we have found a posting where it appears Wally is offering coaching and mentoring services “to encourage and support others to achieve their goals in learning and life.”

Interim Job Results in Contract, Wally Still on the Move

The Sisseton School District had approved hiring Wally for interim superintendent and recently agreed to a two year superintendent contract to begin on July 1st.

But perhaps this news isn’t all roses and rainbows to Wally:  We recently discovered that he was named a finalist for the superintendent position in Prairie Farm, Wisconsin.  The Barron News-Shield reports that Wally and two other candidates will visit Prairie Farm on March 15th “as a final step before the board hires a new school superintendent.”

Merrill Schools Releases Text Messages, Severance Details

In response to open records requests from the media, Merrill Area Public Schools has released text messages where Wally and Michele, calling each other “baby,” conspired to keep their “story straight.”

Details regarding the severance package Wally received were also released.  The agreement instructs Merrill Board President Jen Seliger to write Wally a letter of recommendation.

Read more and see the transcribed text messages:

Newspaper Pursues Open Records Request

The Wausau Daily Herald reports the Merrill School Board has held a “secret” closed session meeting Wednesday for an undisclosed “presentation by administrators regarding a personnel matter.”  The article continues to explain that in a phone interview regarding the meeting, School Board President Jen Seliger denied any connection to Wally or his resignation.

Perhaps more interesting is the paper’s persistence in attempting to obtain records related to Wally and Michele Jahnke’s resignations, which were curiously submitted on the same day.

Read the Revised Special Board Agenda and the Wausau Daily Herald Article for more information.

Wally Finalist for East Dubuque, Illinois Superintendent

Wally has been named a finalist for the East Dubuque, Illinois superintendent’s position, along with two other “very strong” candidates.

TH Media was quick to report on Wally’s leave of absence and subsequent resignation from Merrill.

Read more at TH Media:

Also see Wally’s Résumé