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Third Administrator Resigns from Gibraltar

Due to the third resignation in a month by an administrator at the public school that serves northern Door County, the Gibraltar school board planned to hold a special meeting Thursday, June 3, 4 pm. Board President Stephen Seyfer said the board planned to discuss a strategy for replacing the district’s director of instruction and its elementary school principal.

“I anticipate the board will be able to report that strategy after this meeting,” Seyfer said.

On May 19, Superintendent Tina Van Meer received a resignation letter from Tim Mulrain, director of learning, who said he wants to move closer to family. One week later, elementary-level Principal Brian Annen submitted a resignation letter, the superintendent confirmed May 28.

In an emailed statement to the Peninsula Pulse, Annen said he’s accepted a position in another community as a middle school principal and K-12 curriculum director.

“After much consideration and thought, it is a very difficult decision to leave a school and place where my family and I have called home for the past eight years,” he said. “We have developed lifelong friendships with parents, community members and school staff that will stay with us for the rest of our lives. Professionally, I am excited about a new opportunity to build upon my skill set as a K-12 curriculum director and take on a challenge of a middle school principalship.

Annen thanked the Gibraltar Area School Board for the opportunity to provide educational leadership to the district, and to grow and develop both professionally and personally.

Gibraltar’s school board previously advertised an opening for a secondary-level principal to replace high school and middle school Principal Gereon Methner, who submitted a resignation letter April 30 and accepted a position in another district.

“We already have a posting for our secondary-principal vacancy, have received applications and are preparing for interviews and selection in the week beginning June 7,” Seyfer said.

In mid-May, the school board discussed having just two principals and one superintendent handling the duties that four administrators have had during this school year. The board planned to further discuss its needs during its special meeting Thursday.