Millstadt's two public schools to have one principal next year

News-DemocratMay 21, 2013 

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Millstadt Primary Center and Millstadt Consolidated School will be under the direction of one principal next school year. Who that person will be is still being determined by the Millstadt School District 160 school board, according to Superintendent Jonathan Green.

During Tuesday's school board meeting, the board unanimously approved a separation agreement with Millstadt Primary Center Principal Kevin Juhas. After five years as principal, the board notified Juhas in March that his contract would not be renewed. Millstadt Consolidated School Principal Gary Huwer is retiring at the end of this school year.

Green said he couldn't provide the terms of the separation agreement with Juhas on the advice of the district's attorney Stephanie Jones with Hodges and Loizzi. The agreement still must be reviewed by Juhas' attorney Brian Schwartz and signed by Juhas, according to Green.

Prior to approving the separation agreement, school board President Mike Todd read a prepared statement. Todd said the board upheld the decision to not renew Juhas' contract during a closed session meeting in April based on the district's financial needs and other considerations.

"The board did not adopt or approve any charges against Mr. Juhas related to his employment in the district," Todd said. "All issues related to this matter have been amicably resolved, and the district wishes Mr. Juhas every success in his future endeavors."

After the board meeting Tuesday night, Juhas said he appreciates the support he has received from the Millstadt community. Juhas said he's currently looking for new employment. "My family and I are ready to take our next adventure," he said.

The school board will host a special board meeting at 5 p.m. May 30 at Millstadt Consolidated School to interview the three regional candidates for the sole principal position within the district. The interviews will be conducted in closed session.

"We are down to three very good candidates," Green said.

The fiscal climate of the district was the primary reason the district decided to only hire one principal for both schools next school year, according to Green.

Green anticipates the district will hire a new principal by June 1. "We are going to make as quick decision as we can, but we want to make the best decision we can," he said.

Contact reporter Jamie Forsythe at 239-2562 or jforsythe1@bnd.com.

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