End of the School Year Often Means Teacher, Administrator Resignations for FDL School District

Another school year has come to an end in the Fond du Lac
School District and that often means a number of both teachers and
administrators leaving the district for new positions elsewhere. District Superintendent
Jim Sebert says it’s a newer trend, but not an uncommon one – especially with
those in a younger age group. “We have a lot of our newer teachers who will be
with us a year, maybe two, maybe three. They’re younger, and something happens
in their personal life – maybe they get engaged, or they get married, or maybe they
took a job here in Fond du Lac and they are really from Appleton, or they grew
up in Marshfield – and what happens is we see people going back to those places
on a regular basis,” Sebert said. He adds that research shows a vast majority
of teachers work 25 to 30 miles from where they grew up.

Sebert says that even with teachers leaving, the good
news is that the number of candidates applying for open positions is continuing
to grow. “The pools are getting bigger, and now as we’re posting positions, we’re
seeing bigger pools starting to come – not nearly what it used to be, where you’d
get three-to-four hundred applications for an elementary teacher job, but it is
getting better, and there are more people getting into the profession,” Sebert

Within the last month, the School Board approved the
resignation of two assistant principals – Steve Hernandez and Brad Reinke – and
was being asked to approve several teacher resignations at Monday night’s board