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Parents, staff demand change at crowded Crandon school board meetingSubmitted: 03/12/2018
Ben Meyer
Ben Meyer
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bmeyer@wjfw.com

Parents, staff demand change at crowded Crandon school board meeting
CRANDON - Passionate parents, staff, and students made one point clear to the Crandon School Board on Monday night.

They aren't happy with the direction of the district and its administrator, Dr. Doug Kryder.

Nearly 200 people packed the tense meeting in the Crandon school auditorium.

"All of these people here basically represent the CEO of a company," Jeff Albrecht, motioning at the crowd, told Kryder and the school board. "When the CEO is mad, people get fired. I'm afraid that's where we're headed."


Tim Reeder, a leader of the new group Citizens United for Education, presented a formal document calling for Kryder's removal.

"It's my First Amendment right as a citizen to petition the school board to release Dr. Kryder from his contract for just cause," he said after the meeting.

Complaints from parents, staff, and students include poor test scores, poor enrollment numbers, an unsafe school environment, and bad communication and leadership from Kryder.

"I think it's time for answers, and if not answers, then it's definitely a time for change," said high school math teacher Sue Van Hoof.

Glen Pfeifer served as a middle and high school principal in Crandon for 17 years. He's now running as a write-in candidate for school board. Pfeifer is among dozens of people who think Kryder needs to go.

"I think that's part of the change that's needed," Pfeifer said. "I think we need somebody with experience, experience in this area, and somebody that's number one education."

Crandon's most recent middle and high school principal, Andy Space, collected hugs while appearing at his first board meeting since resigning in February.

Space blames Kryder for floating false accusations against him in a four-page personnel document, potentially damaging his reputation. He's considering suing Kryder and the district.

The board took no action Monday night outside of its regular business.

Kryder passed on an interview, but said he would take questions from Newswatch 12 on Wednesday.

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