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Former Crandon School Board President Tupper resignsSubmitted: 04/24/2018
Former Crandon School Board President Tupper resigns
Ben Meyer
Ben Meyer
Managing Editor / Senior Reporter
bmeyer@wjfw.com

CRANDON - Former Crandon School Board President Brian Tupper has resigned from the board, effective early Tuesday morning.

The board voted Jeff Ackley Jr. as its new president and Glen Pfeifer as its vice president at a meeting Monday night. Within hours of not being re-elected president, Tupper submitted his resignation from the board.  

The move leaves the district with a new school board president, no permanent middle/high school principal, and no working superintendent.

Superintendent Dr. Doug Kryder is on paid administrative leave while under investigation by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office. Former middle/high school principal Andy Space resigned early this year, but is now considering a lawsuit against the district. Two co-principals are serving at Crandon on an interim basis.


Ackley's promotion and Tupper's resignation are the latest changes on the Crandon School Board. Pfeifer, a retired Crandon principal and critic of the current board operation, won a write-in campaign against incumbent Joe Mayer in early April. A concerned citizens group has begun the recall process against another board member, Nadine Westimayer.

The departure of Space, a popular principal in the district, helped trigger public concern with Superintendent Kryder and the school board this year. About 200 people have attended recent board meetings, many displeased with the direction of the district.

Tupper made his resignation effective at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, according to district Business Manager Eddie Then. Reached by phone Tuesday, Tupper declined to comment for this story.

The five-member board will now enter a nomination process to select a new member.

NOTE:  A previous version of this story stated the Crandon School Board was without a president after Tupper's resignation.  It has been corrected to reflect that Ackley was voted into the position prior to Tupper's resignation.  We apologize for the error.


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