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Business group urges Stevens Point School Board to keep Superintendent Weninger

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STEVENS POINT, Wis (WSAU) -- There’s a new twist to the story about Stevens Point’s school board and the likely departure of Superintendent Attila Weninger. A group of area business leaders are urging the Stevens Point Area School Board to ask him to stay. A group of people were at the board meeting to voice their support for keeping Weninger, most all of them members of the Portage County Business Council. One of them was Cliff King from Skyward.  “I think it’s important for him to know that (there’s) some community members that really appreciate the job that he’s doing, and the folks that were here tonight, I had 28 people that signed the letter that I put together, and plus I had some letters from folks that weren’t able to attend the meeting, but they’re very supportive of what he’s done for the community of Stevens Point.”

It was just over a year ago when Weninger’s leadership helped inform school district leaders and legislators in support of Skyward’s battle against a competing single-source school software contract. King says locally, Weninger has guided Stevens Point Schools through major changes and financial challenges.  “With the programs that he’s initiated since 2010, he’s done an outstanding job when you look at Act 10 and all of the shortcomings that came out of Act 10.”

School Board President Angel Faxon says she’s not sure Weninger is interested in returning.  “I honestly have no idea. His resignation letter said that it was irrevocable. Those were his own words, and so I honestly don’t know if it’s an option.”

School board members have not moved forward on locating a new Superintendent. Twelve letters from businesses, Stevens Point and Plover government officials, Mid-State Technical College, and St. Michael’s Hospital all urge the school board to do what they can to keep Dr. Weninger.

Back in May, the board voted 4-3 to not renew Weninger’s contract when it runs out next year. The Superintendent claims he submitted his resignation before that vote. Then, the school board did not accept the resignation, but held a special meeting May 14th and rescinded their non-renewal vote to accept his resignation.

Dr. Weninger was not available for comment. He was away at a family wedding.

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