Dr. Niedermann resigns school board position|
|Dr. Karl Niedermann, who occasionally served as a key swing vote on a variety of educational issues, has resigned his position on the Antigo school board.|
Niederman submitted his brief letter, citing personal reasons, to Board President Mike Boldig late last week.
“He always tried to do what is right,” Boldig said. “In his brief tenure on the board, he was a very responsible individual and was looking out for the interests of the people and the school district.”
Niedermann, a chiropractor, was elected to the board in April, 2012 and had a year-and-a-half remaining on his term.
He came to the panel on a very conservative platform, but over the next few months moderated somewhat, ultimately voting for a school plan that would have replaced all the existing elementary schools with one central, in-town facility.
That plan failed through a referendum vote in November, 2012 and help sweep in three new board members, all stating their firm opposition to the elementary plan and some existing school policies. They were joined by a fourth new member in spring when incumbent Miles Stanke died in the midst of his term.
In several instances that created a 4-4 split on the board, with Niedermann serving as the deciding vote.
“His deliberate and thoughtful part in board dialogue will be missed,” Dr. Don Childs, the district’s interim administrator, said.
The board has several options to fill the vacancy.
Bolding said the issue will likely be added to the agenda for a special meeting focusing on the budget planned for Oct. 15.
The board will likely accept applications, interview candidates and then vote on a replacement over a period of several weeks.
“That would be consistent with policy,” Childs said.
Boldig said that no set time frame has been determined to fill the seat.
DR. KARL NIEDERMANN
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