Message to Sherman Elementary School parents from Dr. Mary Ann Hardebeck, Superintendent of the Eau Claire Area School District:
I wanted to follow up with you as Sherman Elementary parents regarding the appointment of a principal for Sherman Elementary.
I am pleased to announce that the Director of Elementary Education, Mrs. Kris Dimock, has agreed to serve as Interim Principal while the District continues its efforts to appoint a principal to the position. Mrs. Dimock is an experienced administrator and was a successful principal at Longfellow Elementary School. She is very much looking forward to working with Sherman’s students, parents, and faculty. With her leadership, the Sherman community can move forward in its work on behalf of our students.
I recognize that you, as parents, can and should be concerned that the District complete its process and appoint a permanent principal. I share your concern. I want to assure you that we have not as yet done so only because we have the best interests of your children at heart, and want to make certain that you and we can support any final appointment with confidence and enthusiasm. I will keep you posted.
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) - The Eau Claire Area School District has decided not to offer a contract to the man chosen to be the Sherman Elementary Principal.
On Thursday, parents of students at the school received a letter about a new principal for the school. School Board President Carol Craig tells WEAU 13 News that Kris Dimock will be principal instead. She's currently the Director of Elementary Education with the school district.
Craig says Thomas Dechant's initial hiring was approved, but that board policy requires a background review before the hire is finalized. She says applicants are aware of this. After that background review was done, Craig simply said the board determined that it would not issue a contract to Dechant.
Court records show that Dechant faced Disorderly Conduct charges with "Domestic Abuse Assessments" modifiers in Calumet County, which is south of Green Bay, in 2010 and 2012. Those charges were later dismissed after Dechant met deferred agreements with the court.
Craig says Dimock is assuming the initial responsibilities of her new position right now, and will be ready for the start of the new school year.