By Sterling McGinn

The Tahquamenon Area Schools (TAS) district was faced with yet another staff resignation, which was on the agenda of the August 21 meeting of the board of education. The meeting took place at 6 p.m. in the Tahquamenon Area Schools Public Library.

Gene Schroll, who was hired by the district in June of this year, submitted a letter of resignation as the 9-12 grade science teacher. “It was with a heavy heart that we received that resignation,” said TAS Superintendent Stacy Price. “But we do wish Mr. Schroll the best moving forward.” His letter indicates that his decision to leave the district was due to health concerns.

Though not part of his official letter, Price said that Schroll will also leave his position as coach for Newberry High School Cross Country.

The board accepted his resignation.

The board then voted to rescind the resignation of former 9-12 grade science teacher Carly Dubay.

“She heard of our predicament with the resignation of Mr. Schroll,” Price said. “She asked if she could come back and rejoin us as she reconsidered some things.”

Dubay had submitted her resignation to the TAS board in March, indicating that she was starting a family. Price noted that Dubay will not start until approximately six weeks. “We do have a sub in place until she comes back,” said Price.

In her administration report, Price said new Athletic Director Anthony Kitzman has taken over the cross county program due to the resignation of the coach.

She also shared the status of the construction project, which resulted in the delay in the beginning of the 2023-2024 school year.

“The electrical inspection will be Wednesday,” Price said. “As soon as we get an okay, the ceiling tiles will go in.”

Following the installation of the ceiling tiles and the completion of plumbing projects, the rooms in the elementary area will be cleaned and ready for school to start on Monday, September 11.

No other information was given regarding scheduling changes was provided.

The second floor of the elementary building, which formerly housed the junior high school classrooms, will not be transformed into the middle/high school this year. That portion of the building will still be under construction and the middle/high school classes will remain in the old 1926 building this school year.

The high school building will be closed once the final bond projects are complete.