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No answers in probe of Merrill school leaders


There are more questions than answers as an investigation into two Merrill School District officials ends.

Tuesday night, the district accepted the resignations of Superintendent Wally Leipart and Assistant Superintendent Michele Jahnke.

With their resignations, comes the end of the investigation, leaving the community left to guess.

"I think the taxpayers have a right to know because they pay their salaries," said Merrill resident Savannah Weitzel.

Ask around Merrill, and many people have heard something about the investigation.

What they haven't heard, and likely won't, is the findings of that investigation.

"That investigation was ongoing, we weren't completed with it," said Merrill School Board President Jen Seliger. "There was no finality to it, with the resignations that put an end to that investigation."

Jahnke and Lieipart were put on administrative leave just weeks ago, and instead of waiting for that investigation to end, they resigned.

"If they stopped the investigation that makes me think they figured it out and don't want to say anything," said Weitzel.

The school remains tight lipped, something that likely won't change.

"These were personnel issues we were dealing with and that's where it has to stay," said Seliger.

Court documents show that several days after the probe began, both Jahnke and Leiparts spouses filed for divorce.

This leaves parents and community members left to speculate on what exactly caused two people making more than $100,000 a year to resign.

"I just think they should tell everybody, because they obviously know," said Weitzel.

At the school board meeting Tuesday night, they decided to let the HR department search for a new superintendent.

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