WAMEGO -- After a brief executive session tonight, the USD 320 Board of Education reconvened in open session and accepted a settlement agreement with Dr. Chad Brecheisen, for his resignation as Wamego High School principal.

The vote was 6-0 in favor of accepting the settlement, with board member Sheryl Wohler participating by phone conference and board member Rob Pettay absent.

The board had held several executive sessions over the past couple weeks, one session with numerous members of the Wamego High School faculty and another session with an attorney from the Kansas Association of School Boards.

“The board went through a difficult process,” said Board President Cory Meyer. “We met many times on this with the information we had been provided with the necessary resources to make sure we were following all the proper channels, procedures and so forth. In the end, Chad offered a resignation and we came to an agreement on a settlement because he had a contract. We wish him the best and we’re ready to move forward on a candidate search to find the best fit for Wamego.”

The school district essentially has two options to fill the position; a permanent principal or an interim.

“We will look at both options and see what will be the best available option for Wamego High School in the future,” said Superintendent Tim Winter. “We don’t know what that’s going to be. If we cannot find a suitable replacement, a highly skilled qualified person that can be here for a long term, then we would look to an interim to help guide us through the year; someone who would pick up the duties and responsibilities and keep things at a high level for one year. There are retired principals are very good at what they do, and I’ve already started a list of names.”

According to Winter, the position will be posted Thursday morning.

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