The Waupaca School Board last night was presented with a petition with 423 signatures of community members in suupport of long-time social studies teacher Joe Janssen. Janssen, the district’s Advanced Placement history teacher has been issued a preliminary notice of non-renewal by the administration. A private meeting between Janssen and the board is scheduled for Friday afternoon. Over two dozen supporters attended last night’s meeting, with 15 people speaking to the board during the public comment period. They included current students, parents of former students, and other teachers. One parent expressed support of the non-renewal notice, saying Janssen had not allowed her son, in military uniform, to enter his classroom.
The board last night also learned the district has two Kohl Scholarship recipients. Seniors Sophia Butkiewicz, an Excellence Scholar, and Kathy Zamarripa, an Initiative Scholar, will receive 10-thousand dollars from the Herb Kohl Foundation.
The board last night also recognized Steve Shambeau for his 19 years on the board. Shambeau did not seek re-election earlier this month.