Gronemeyer stepping down as Prairie High principal

School board set to vote on resignation Friday; district officials cite 'issues that arise'

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Mark Gronemeyer is set to resign as principal of Prairie High School.

The College Community School Board will vote on Gronemeyer's resignation at a special board meeting scheduled for noon Friday, Feb. 1.

Gronemeyer will take a role as the district's secondary curriculum specialist, a newly created administrative role, but he is set to resign as a College Community School District employee altogether at the end of the current school year.

John Speer, superintendent of the College Community School District, said the decision to transition Gronemeyer to the new position was made within the last week. He said that district contracts traditionally run from July 1 through June 30, but did not confirm Gronemeyer's planned final day with the district nor when he submitted his resignation.

“Any job you have as a school administrator, there are issues that arise and you just deal with those things as they happen," Speer said about the staffing shuffle.

In the meantime Erik Anderson, the high school's associate principal, will act as interim principal. Dan Bubon, who retired last year as an Prairie High School's associate principal, is set to return and reprise his former role in the interim. The school board will vote on these personnel shifts as well at Friday's meeting.

Gronemeyer is scheduled to end his term as Prairie High School's head administrator on Friday, but Speer said Gronemeyer hasn't been present in the building all week. In that time Anderson -- who is already listed on the district website as the high school's principal -- has filled in.

"At that time Erik would’ve been associate principal," said Speer, who declined to comment on the nature of Gronemeyer's resignation. "Any time the principal is not in the building, the associate principal handles those duties."

Speer plans to launch searches to permanently fill the secondary curriculum specialist and high school principal positions this spring.

Anderson addressed the high school's students Thursday morning about the transition.

"The essence of it was that change occurs and people rally together," Speer said of the message.

District staff received notification of administrative shuffle Thursday morning as well. Speer said an email to parents is set to go out Thursday afternoon.

After the board meeting, district administrators plan to release a statement with more information about Gronemeyer's new duties, but Speer referenced "several large things coming up" for the district -- including a Department of Education visit scheduled to occur between October 2013 and January 2014 -- as the reason to create the secondary curriculum specialist position.

"In general, the district needed to have certain things to transition," the superintendent said. "It made sense at the time to do that."

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