WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) - Some in the Wausau area have called for the resignation or removal of the school district’s superintendent in light of the recent music concert content controversy.
Wausau’s School Superintendent has no intention of resigning. When asked if she would like to stay on as Wausau’s superintendent, Dr. Kathleen Williams told us yes. "Absolutely. Absolutely. There are more wonderful things going on than this one incident."
Williams had just recently been evaluated by the school board, and she says outside of supporting some unpopular decisions made by principals, she has only received the most positive of feedback until this incident happened. Williams wants to dig deeper into the circumstances that led to the music controversy, and hopes the board will consider her complete body of work during the past three years.
Dr. Williams says she wants to stay in Wausau, and is also committed to the community. "As volatile and upsetting as this has been, I strongly believe, you know, I am a taxpayer here. I bought a home here. I am invested in this community as well." The Superintendent says she has not received heavy criticism from the Wausau community until this incident. "I have to honestly tell you, other than a few individuals who are displeased with decisions that were made by their principals and supported by me, I have only received the most positive of feedback until this incident happened, and I think I would like the board to take a look at this incident specifically, and not generalize it to my entire, almost three years in this district."
During the Monday school board meeting, Williams went on the record saying there’s no question she regrets what has occurred over the last week and believes they absolutely need to take a very close look at what occurred and not just from the superintendent level. Williams says she is surrounded by a variety of leaders and there are questions she has and wants to know what were the contributing factors that made this incident happen.
The administrator addressed the board and public during the meeting, saying, “I absolutely believe I did act professionally, I did act reasonably, I did follow district guidelines that were established in the year 2000, and that I did take counsel advise and notified board of same. Applying the administrative rule is one of my job requirements, and there was no policy, has not been a policy, but as Miss Anderson reported, an administrative guideline that was directed by a previous board in either 2008 or 2009. I absolutely am interested in resolving these concerns as quickly as we can, and would like to be a part of how that process is going to unfold. Not less than two months ago did I receive a board conducted summative review as my responsibilities as superintendent of schools. I met with the board president and vice president. At that time, they shared that I not only met all goals satisfactorily, provided evidence to support them, but in addition there no concerns, no complaints about any of my behaviors or actions, and in addition i found out later the board had decided to bestow upon me, and this is less than two months ago, a performance merit award. I would hope that this board of education would look at my total body of work, and look most specifically at this incident, how it unfolded. I am welcome to that.”
The school board will conduct another performance review of Williams beginning October 21st.