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Green Bay School Board will not reinstate former Superintendent

Source: Green Bay Area Public School District

Green Bay School Board will not reinstate former Superintendent

February 29, 2024 8:58 AM CDT

By: Lisa Hale

GREEN BAY, WI – (WGBW, WISS) The Green Bay Area Public Schools Board of Education will not reinstate Claude Tiller, Jr. as superintendent. In a statement released last night, the school board said “The window to have this conversation has closed.”

The school board says it is now moving forward to discuss the process for identifying and selecting the district’s next superintendent. “There is much work to be done in our district and we will engage with those who raised concerns regarding equity and equality and the need for greater understanding and inclusion among all stakeholders,” the statement said.

This statement, issued in response to several media inquiries, brings to a close a nearly month-long odyssey between the school board, Tiller, and the public.

Timeline:

  • 2/6/24: Tiller appears on an Atlanta radio show while in the area recruiting for teachers from several historically black colleges and universities.
  • 2/12/24: The Public learns that Tiller is under review for the comments made on the show and during the Facebook live broadcast of the show.
  • 2/13/24: Tiller Placed on paid administrative leave while the GBAPS board reviews and investigates comments made.
  • 2/15/24: The School Board holds a closed session meeting to discuss personnel matters about the superintendent.
  • 2/16/24: The School Board announces an additional closed session meeting to discuss Tiller and the radio show comments.
  • 2/17/23: Tiller resigns as superintendent. The school board unanimously accepts Tiller’s resignation during a closed session.
  • 2/21/24: Media outlets receive a copy of the radio show interview. 
  • 2/24/24: Community meeting held to encourage signatures to a petition to reinstate Tiller as Superintendent.
  • 2/26/24: The school board releases a statement addressing what it calls misinformation following Tiller’s resignation.
  • 2/26/24: The School Board meets in closed session to discuss personnel matters.
  • 2/26/24: Dozens of community members speak at an open forum of the school board to express support for Tiller and to request his reinstatement.
  • 2/27/24: Tiller releases a statement that he is open to conversations about returning as superintendent.
  • 2/28/24: The school board releases a statement that it will not reinstate Tiller.

Here is the complete statement from the school board in its entirety:

“On February 17, 2024, the Board of Education voted in open session to unanimously accept the terms of resignation proposed by Dr. Claude Tiller, Jr. Under the terms of the separation agreement, he was provided the opportunity to change his mind and rescind his resignation. He did not do so. The window to have this conversation has closed and there are no further comments to make. We are now moving forward with discussing the process for identifying and selecting the district’s next superintendent.

“There is much work to be done in our district and we will engage with those who raised concerns regarding equity and equality and the need for greater understanding and inclusion among all stakeholders. We all have a common goal and mission and that is to educate all students to be college, career and community ready, inspired to succeed in our diverse world.”

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