Lakewood School district administrator resigns

District administrator Joe Price (left),
director of curriculum and instruction Sara Markee (right) and school board President Amanda Hahn (center) at a WASB convention. /Submitted photo

Note: Story updated at 12:15 p.m. with a statement from Price below — DH

Joseph Price, district administrator of Twin Lakes School Dist. No. 4 (Lakewood School), has resigned his position.

Price’s last day will be Dec. 1. An announcement about the resignation was made to staff Tuesday morning and a letter was sent home with students Tuesday.  A Skyward message is planned for  Wednesday, as well as a follow-up email from the School Board outlining the transition plan, said board President Amanda Hahn.

Sara Markee, director of curriculum and instruction, will provide “direction in her capacity,” and the board plans to seek an interim district administrator, Hahn said.

In response to an email question from westofthei.com, Hahn said about the replacement process:

We have engaged WASB (Wisconsin Association of School Boards) to post for an interim and permanent Administrator.  We would like to be as transparent as possible about this process, as we hope to engage staff and parents to ensure we select someone fantastic.  The posting will be activated today, Wednesday, November 29, 2017.  We will be sending communications frequently as we move through this process, to ensure parents and staff are well informed. While we begin the search for a new Administrator, we have also made the decision to bring on a consultant from the WASB, who specializes in evaluating job descriptions, roles, responsibilities, and business office functions.  Our intention is to apply the same principles of the Continuous Improvement Process that we have utilized in other areas of the District, to ensure our support staff has what they need to work as efficiently as possible.  Over the years, we have seen higher demand for communication, marketing and social media presence in addition to increased reporting and documentation activities for the programs that support our students.  Having the WASB make recommendations on how to best align responsibilities will ensure our support staff is in the best position to succeed as demands on time increase.

The letter that went out to parents was written as if from Price, but was co-signed by Hahn. In it Price said:

It has been a distinguished honor to serve the Twin Lakes community over the last ten years and my life will be forever influenced by both the professional and personal connections I have had with you all. … It has truly been a blessing to work with such great individuals and I step away knowing that Lakewood is in a great place the future has never looked brighter.”

Price said in an answer to an email inquiry from westofthei.com that he is taking time off to focus on family, finish a degree and he plans to come back to education eventually.

I am not leaving for another position. I am taking some time to off to focus on my family and to complete work toward my doctorate. I plan to stay in the field of education as it is my calling and my passion. I have truly enjoyed my time here at Lakewood and we have accomplished many great things. I look forward to watching the continued growth and success of the district.”

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