Amid controversy, Director of Schools Tim Setterlund submitted a request to retire Friday. The School Board accepted a release from his contract in a special board meeting Saturday morning.
“It was a surprise,” said Board Chairman Don Weathers.
Weathers said that Setterlund wanted to stay through the situation and continue working to improve the school system.
“He was so passionate about the students,” said Weathers.
Setterlund faced controversy during his short stay as Director of Schools, which lasted less than six months. He fired three long time employees, but things intensified when he admitted to stopping at a local restaurant to have an alcoholic beverage, then drove his county provided Ford Expedition.
The School Board was to discuss Saturday whether any punishment should be given to Setterlund, but he submitted his retirement papers before the meeting.
Weathers said the board will nominate people to be Interim Director at the next School Board meeting, Monday, Feb. 3.
“I want someone who is not going to rock the boat, but also get results,” said Weathers of the Interim Director.
The hope is to have a new Director in place by June 23. Since this is an election year, Weathers said they cannot hire a Director between June 23 and Sept. 7 according to state law.
“I want someone who’s a visionary,” said Weathers of the next Director.
He said that he wants someone with an established track record, and someone who is good at working with the community.