Written by STEVE OSTERMANN
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 20:18
McCormick’s resignation continues series of changes in district administrative posts
Grafton High School will have a new principal for the 2015-16 year.
The school district is continuing a search this week to replace Ken McCormick, who recently submitted his resignation.
McCormick, who has held the job since 2004, said he is leaving to explore other employment options.
“After 11 years, I’ve chosen to resign my position and look for new oppor-tunities,” McCormick said.
“Although I don’t have another position elsewhere at this time, I’m very confident that I’ll be working in public education in the fall.”
McCormick, 50, said he is scheduled to work through June 30 but will step down this week and use vacation time for the remainder of his contract.
Supt. Mel Lightner praised McCormick for his contributions and said he understood McCormick’s decision to leave.
“We want to thank Ken for his years of service to Grafton High School and the Grafton School District,” Lightner said.
Lightner said Tuesday that the district received 30 applications in the first two days after posting the job vacancy. The application deadline is June 24.
“Grafton is a very, very attractive school district, and this is an attractive position,” Lightner said.
McCormick, a Madison native, was hired in Grafton after working as an assistant principal at Waukesha South High School. He said he appreciated the opportunity to work in Grafton and will have fond memories of his time at the school.
“We accomplished a lot. Grafton has a reputation as an excellent high school,” McCormick said.
McCormick’s departure is the latest in a series of administrative changes in the district. Most recently, the School Board hired Kevin Deering for the newly combined position of associate principal/athletic director.
In making that change, the board chose not to renew the contracts of Associate Principal Aaron Hilts and Athletic Director Scott Parsons, who had each been with the district for more than 10 years. The board also eliminated the position of assistant director of learning services, a job held by Cristy Bauer.
Lightner said those administrative changes were made as cost-saving moves in response to a projected deficit in the 2015-16 budget.
Earlier this year, the board hired Michael McMahon as principal of Woodview Elementary School and Dianna Kresovic as the district’s director of teaching and learning.
McMahon replaced Nathan Joynt, who resigned to become a full-time doctoral student. Kresovic replaced Michelle Garven, who resigned to become superintendent of the Trevor-Wilmot School District in Kenosha County.