Loras Kruser, district administrator of Shullsburg School District, submitted his official resignation to the Shullsburg School Board in January and will leave the position at the end of the current school year.
In his letter of resignation Kruser said, “After 38 years in the educational profession, my assessment tells me that it is time for me to move on to another stage in my life. I have tremendously enjoyed the challenges of being an advocate for the children and the schools of Benton, Platteville and most especially Shullsburg.”
Kruser has worked in the Shullsburg School District for the past 18 years, starting out in the principal position and then serving as the district administrator for the past 14 years, during which eight of those years he was both principal and district administrator. Before coming to Shullsburg, Kruser worked in the Belmont and Platteville school districts.
Kruser noted that he has been pleased that during his time as Shullsburg’s administrator, the school has been able to provide quality educational opportunities and experiences for the students of the district, without having to ask the taxpayers for more money through a referendum.
“I hope that even though people may not have always agreed with all of the decisions that I made, as they reflect back, I hope that they will recognize that in the final evaluation, all of the decisions that I made were in the best interest of the students, parents and the taxpayers of the Shullsburg School District,” said Kruser.
Kruser said that although he is resigning, he does not plan to retire at this point, as he feels that he has enough drive and commitment to do something positive and productive yet, although he is not quite sure what exactly that will be.
“I will wait until the fall and see what opportunities might present themselves and move forward from there,” he said.
The Shullsburg School Board has lately been discussing the matter of replacing Kruser and the best way to go about that process. There has been some discussion among the board about considering a restructuring of the school’s administration staffing levels.
Some different options were brought up including replacing the full-time district administrator position, having only a part-time district administrator, sharing that position with another district, and looking into reassigning some of the job duties of the district administrator to other administration staff.
It was also noted that budget issues have a direct impact on what route is chosen going forward. The school board scheduled a special meeting that was held on Wednesday, Feb. 25 to discuss this topic in detail.