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Riverside Brookfield High School Superintendent/Principal Jack Baldermann abruptly resigned Tuesday afternoon just seven days before he was to leave his job. The resignation was announced just after midnight Wednesday, at 12:27 a.m.
The announcement came after the District 208 school board met in closed session for almost three hours following a regularly scheduled board meeting. The district’s attorney, Todd Faulkner, was present for about 90 minutes of the closed session. He left at 11 p.m.
The board, without comment, voted unanimously to accept Baldermann’s resignation.
After the meeting, which Baldermann did not attend, school board members refused to comment on Baldermann’s resignation.
“The board’s action speaks for itself,” said school board president Jim Marciniak.
Baldermann had resigned on April 5. That resignation was to take effect June 30. By resigning this Tuesday, Baldermann waived his right, under his April 5 resignation agreement, to have RB pay for health insurance for him and his family for a year or until he found a new job, whichever came first. By resigning Tuesday, he also waived his contractual right, outlined in the April 5 agreement, to do 10 to 30 days of consulting for the district over the next four months for which he would have been paid $904 a day.
Baldermann submitted a two-paragraph hand-printed letter of resignation Tuesday.
“I, Jack Baldermann understand by resigning at this time I will give up the insurance benefits outlined in the April 5 agreement.
I also surrender any right to work as a consultant for District 208 as outlined in the April 5 agreement.”
Baldermann also e-mailed a three-paragraph resignation letter to school board secretary Mary Ann Nardi at 12:34 p.m. Tuesday. He asked in that note that Nardi forward the e-mail to board members at 3 p.m.
Baldermann wrote in the e-mail that he was resigning effective 5 p.m. Tuesday.
“I am proud to have served as a leader of the RB team during a time of growth and improvement,” Baldermann wrote. “More important than the building project, the implementation of many innovative and successful programs, or the significant gains in graduation rates, test scores or national rankings is that we established a culture of compassion and respect for all students.”
Last summer, the school board suspended Baldermann for two weeks after an outside investigator determined that Baldermann, who is married, had had a personal relationship with a high-ranking school employee.
Marciniak refused to comment when asked if Baldermann had violated any terms of his contract. He would not comment on the timing of this resignation. Marciniak also refused to say if he had been in contact with Baldermann over the past week. Marciniak was asked whether Baldermann would have been terminated Tuesday if he had not resigned.
“I have no comment on that,” Marciniak said.
Also announced after midnight was a unanimous vote for the appointment of Tim Scanlon as principal at RB for the 2009-10 school year. Scanlon is now assistant principal for curriculum and instruction. The board voted 5-2 to appoint Troy Gobble, chair of the science department, as assistant principal for instruction, to succeed Scanlon.