Royalton School terminates administrative employee

by Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer


Royalton School District Payroll and Superintendant Assistant Jennifer Peters was terminated effective March 20. It was approved at the School Board meeting Tuesday.

“Her employment was terminated for cause,” said Tom Justin, board member.

Board members declined further comment and referred all questions to the district’s attorney, Kevin Rupp, of Rupp, Anderson, Squires and Waldspurger in Minneapolis.

“I cannot disclose any of the reasons for her firing,” Rupp said. “She is not a union member, does not have access to union procedures to appeal.”


Other business that came before the Royalton School Board Tuesday included:

• Presenting Paul Zimny with a Standing Ovation Award “for all the work (he does) at the school,” said Board Member Dale Lenz. Elementary Principal Dr. Phil Gurbada explained that Zimny arranged for a grant, coordinated the planting at the school and is still there often trimming and watering the plantings;

• Learning about the proposed Nicole Kunkel outdoor memorial classroom, to be located in the school forest. A handcrafted wood bench will be dedicated to the late Linda Martin in a ceremony this spring;

• Approving the hiring of Robert Dubbin as a 2-hour kitchen helper and as a 6-hour custodian effective Oct. 31, 2012;

• Approving the hiring of Amy Krueger as elementary yearbook co-adviser effective for the 2012-2013 school year;

• Approving the hiring of Kelley Newell as junior high softball coach effective for the 2012-2013 school year;

• Approving an increase of one-half an hour per week as custodian for Julie Kloss, bringing her hours to four for kitchen helper and 4 for custodian;

• Accepting the resignations of Ken Schmitz as junior high softball coach and Jeff Schoenrock as varsity girls basketball coach with thanks for services rendered;

• Accepting donations of $1,000 from the Royalton Fire and Rescue Department for the purchase of a rock climbing wall, $1,700 from the Royalton Fire Department for the purchase of a basketball Shootaway for the basketball program and $1,825 from Tom and Linda Lippert and family for the purchase of a new mascot costume;

• Increasing the substitute teacher daily rate of pay from $90 to $100 in order to retain teachers being lost to surrounding communities. The hourly rate (anything less than eight hours) increased from $12.85 to $15; and

• Tabling discussion regarding next year’s school calendar due to the superintendant’s absence for an emergency.

The next meeting will be a work session Tuesday, April 9 at 6 p.m. to discuss demographic study and strategic planning for the district’s facilities.

“The public is encouraged to attend to provide input,” said Board Member Tom Justin.

The next regularly scheduled meeting will be Monday, April 15 at 6 p.m. at the high school.