Why did Franklin Public Schools hire an assistant superintendent?

On Tuesday I sent an e-mail to both FPS District Administrator Judy Mueller and School Board President Mike Spragg:

I am requesting comment from either one of you or both on the following:

Please answer specifically why FPS NEEDED to create a new position of assistant superintendent.

Also, Moe’s contract was signed by both of you. It appears there was NO public discussion about this new position or the need for it, and there was no public vote by the school board at an open board meeting . Why not?

Under what process was Moe’s hiring approved?

I am not alone. Franklin taxpayers want to know and request transparency.

Mueller today responded quickly:

Hello Mr. Fisher,

The position of Assistant Superintendent for Continuous Improvement is not a new position. The position was held by the Director of Strategic Leadership who left the district in June to work for CESA 6 as a consultant.  The roles and responsibilities of this position were revised to meet the leadership needs of the district.

With regard to your question about the approval of Dr. Moe’s contract, Dr. Moe’s administrator contract was approved by a public vote of the Board of Education as part of the Board’s July 14, 2021 consent agenda.  This vote occurred during the Board’s July 14, 2021 Board meeting, and it occurred as a public vote in open session.  The Board utilizes a consent agenda for certain items that may not require Board discussion as a means of making Board meetings more efficient and productive; however, if the Board feels a particular item on a consent agenda requires discussion, the Board can remove the item from the consent agenda and discuss and vote on it individually.  If the Board does not remove an item from the consent agenda, then, provided the Board votes to pass the entire consent agenda, all items on the consent agenda are approved without substantive discussion.  The Board did not remove Dr. Moe’s administrator contract from the July 14, 2021 consent agenda as it accepted Administration’s recommendation to approve Dr. Moe’s contract. As a result, when the Board passed the consent agenda (which was done via a public vote during the July 14 Board meeting), it approved Dr. Moe’s contract along with the other consent agenda items.

The hiring of Dr. Moe was conducted in accordance with the statutory requirements set forth under Section 118.24, Wis. Stats., which requires that public school districts employ administrators pursuant to a written contract and which identifies the Board as the employing entity. See Section 118.24(6) (stating “[t]he employment contract of any person described under sub. (1) shall be in writing and filed with the school district clerk”); Section 118.24(7)(referring to “the employing board”).  Per Board Policy 8110, the Board of Education holds all powers delegated to it under Section 120.12, Wis. Stats.  Among these powers, is the authority  to “have the possession, care, control and management of the property and affairs of the school district.”  Section 120.12(1), Wis. Stats.  Because the District’s Board has not delegated this statutory authority, the Board is vested with the authority to approve administrator contracts in compliance with the requirements of Section 118.24, Wis. Stats.  The Board followed this process with Dr. Moe by approving a written administrator contract between the Board and Dr. Moe on July 14, 2021.

Have a good day.

Judy Mueller

Judy Mueller, PhD

District Administrator

Franklin Public Schools

414-529-8220

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Boy, this school administration, led by Mueller, is awfully sneaky.

In the above Mueller writes to me:

Dr. Moe’s administrator contract was approved by a public vote of the Board of Education as part of the Board’s July 14, 2021 consent agenda.  This vote occurred during the Board’s July 14, 2021 Board meeting, and it occurred as a public vote in open session.

I looked at the portion of the FPS website that posts school board related documents. In the agenda for that school board meeting of July 14, 2021, there is NO mention whatsoever of an item to approve an assistant superintendent. Anyone reading the agenda would have no idea the item was on the agenda.

I watched the video of the school board meeting of July 14, 2021. The discussion on the consent agenda lasted all of one minute, and again, there was NO mention on the record that the board would be voting to approve an assistant superintendent. Anyone attending the meeting would have had no inkling as to what was transpiring.

This is your school district administrator and her puppet school board in action. They are not open, honest, forthright, or transparent. And they certainly do not want the taxpaying public to know what they’re doing until after it’s done.

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