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Three teachers wont teach in Platteville next school year
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Three teachers will not be teaching in the Platteville School District next school year, for different reasons.

Platteville Middle School math teacher Lindsey Cooper is leaving the school district to take a job closer to her future home.

Westview Elementary School second-grade teacher Kristin Slack will be taking a one-year unpaid leave of absence.

Platteville High School at-risk teacher Danette Tessman is being laid off for what school district policy calls “financial reasons/reduction in force.”

The Platteville School Board approved all three departures Monday.

Slack’s leave of absence got the most discussion over questions of allowing leaves of absence and how to replace her for one school year.

Slack’s leave of absence approval was contingent on the school district’s finding a qualified replacement for the entire school year, and that she is not guaranteed her second-grade position upon her return.

“We have not done a lot of those, but they generally have not favored students and the district,” said school board member Steve Obershaw.

“There’s a lot of young teachers, and [in] second grade, there’s a lot of young teachers looking for an opportunity,” said school board member Timothy Murphy.

District superintendent Connie Valenza said the school district got 180 applications for its last elementary teaching position.