01/12/2011: "SJISD Board Accepts Principal’s Resignation"
(L to R: Boyd Pratt & Gary Pflleuger at Tuesday night board meetng)
Well over 100 members of the public, staff and teachers showed up to give voice to their support of the SJI School District elementary principal, but in the end the school board voted to accept his resignation.
For his part, Principal Gary Pfleuger read a short prepared statement stating he had made his decision based on what was best for him and his family and asked that the public -and his students- accept and respect his decision.
Nevertheless, the next few hours were filled with some anger, some tears, and one hundred percent support for the principal from the large crowd.
Noteworthy was the number of teachers and officers of the PTA that also made statements in support, but while the board members praised their principal, at the end of the comment period the board went into executive session, and after fifteen minutes came out and Board member Boyd Pratt made a motion to accept Mr. Pfleuger’s resignation.
The motion received a second from Brent Snow and a unanimous vote by the board.
Mr. Pfleuger will continue as the principal until the end of the 2010-2011 school year. He has been the principal since the fall of 2008
In a press release prior to the special Tuesday night meeting: “Mr. Pfleuger has worked closely with the students and staff at the elementary school to support a safe and civil learning environment. He has also worked closely with parents to promote the many and exciting learning activities which take place at the elementary school. Gary also worked with the school and district staff to facilitate assessment practices, a Response to Intervention model, and First Steps in Mathematics training.
‘I have appreciated my time as a principal in Friday Harbor. I have been impressed with the level of professionalism among the teachers and the level of community and parent support.’ Mr. Pfleuger noted he may return to Idaho, his home since college in 1972.
The district will open a search for his replacement immediately. The search committee and selection process will include parents and community members, and is expected to conclude later this spring. The successful candidate is expected to begin work on or around July 1, 2011.”