Friday, October 20, 2006

Catholic school cancels classes after principal's firing

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A parochial school canceled classes Thursday and today after three teachers and a secretary quit to protest the firing of the longtime principal.
Mark Salisbury, interim principal at St. Nicholas School, said letters were sent home Wednesday and calls were made to each family to explain the situation and the need to look for workers to replace the four who left.
When the school couldn’t find substitutes, the three teachers agreed to work Wednesday.
Phyllis Techlin served as principal for 34 years before being fired last Friday by the Rev. John Schuetze.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Green Bay has not said why Techlin was fired, citing legal reasons.
Fran Kieffer, the school secretary, and three teachers announced at a School Board meeting Tuesday night that they were resigning in protest.
“She (Techlin) is the epitome of stewardship, she is the epitome of professionalism, and I have never met a more giving woman in my life,” Kieffer said.
Elena Bougie, one of the teachers who resigned, said Techlin was fired because of “one man, who let his personal opinions and personal friendships interfere with his administrative duties.”
St. Nicholas School has an enrollment of 154 students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

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