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Merrill school leaders resign; no word on the probe of the pair


MERRILL (WAOW) - School Superintendent Wally Leipart and Assistant Superintendent Michele Jahnke resigned Monday, nearly two weeks after being placed on administrative leave for undisclosed reasons, according to a school board statement.

President Jen Seliger said Leipart's resignation was effective immediately and Jahnke resigned to "pursue other opportunities."

The school board will meet Tuesday to act on the resignations, Seliger said in a statement.

The pair were placed on paid administrative leave April 19 for undisclosed reasons.

Last week, Seliger said no law enforcement and no students were involved in the school board investigation of the pair.

She said Monday that the board investigated allegations involving the pair but never determined whether they were true or false because "they chose to resign." She declined to elaborate on the allegations, whether the school leaders were asked to resign or how many witnesses the school board interviewed in its probe.

Leipart took over as superintendent in July 2013.

Jahnke was the director of curriculum and instruction for the district and has worked for the school district for 32 years, Seliger said.

Both had salaries of more than $100,000 and Seliger said the school board will consider making them pay $1,000 each to get out of their contracts early.

Seliger said John Sample, the director of pupil services for the district, is the acting superintendent for the rest of the school year.

Seliger said no timeframe has been set to replace Seipart and Jahnke.

"I think Wisconsin has plenty of quality candidates out there," she said. "You deal with what you are dealt. We move on from here and do what is best for the district."

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