The Wawascene was created by Dr. Mark Stock, former Superintendent of the Wawasee Community School Corporation. Due to its local popularity, Dr. Stock has left the blog site to future Wawasee administrators.

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Thursday, May 24, 2007

Bittersweet

Last night at the public board meeting at 5:00 PM I announced my resignation as Superintendent of Schools. I have posted the statement I read to the board.


I have enjoyed serving the Wawasee Community School Corporation as Superintendent of Schools for the past 11 years.

I am announcing my resignation as Superintendent of Schools effective August 14, 2007. I have been offered a position at the University of Wyoming as a professor in the Educational Leadership Department. My primary responsibility will be working with potential superintendents and principals teaching courses that prepare them for public school administration. It is something I have always wanted to do. This will allow me time to pursue writing, publishing and research which is always something I have wanted to try.

I will leave Wawasee with nothing but fond memories. This has been a great place to live and raise our families and the community has much to be proud of.

I wish to formally thank the Board of School Trustees for their support over the years. They took a chance on a 38 year old with no previous superintendent experience and allowed me the chance to grow as a person and as a professional for which I will always be grateful.

And last of all I wish to thank the professionalism of so many administrators, staff members and support staff who toil away in our classrooms, schools and buses to make our corporation what it is.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Endings are always difficult -- and, as you said, bittersweet.

On the one hand, we will miss the leader who has ensured consistency and moderation -- thereby preventing conflict and teacher-administration and school-community issues.

On the other hand, perhaps the board will have the courage to hire someone who is fresh and willing to make tough decisions that lead to school improvement.

Anonymous said...

What happened to the Wawasee Wiki and all of the comments about school registration?

Anonymous said...

Dr. Stock,
Thank you for your service and your willingness to address issues about our system through this format. Hopefully your replacement will also be as open and forthcoming as you have been. Congratulations and good luck with your new position!

J. Baird, WHS teacher said...

Dr. Stock,
Wyoming's gain is truly our loss. I have enjoyed working with you and for you. You have been a strong leader with a gentle hand. I'm happy that you will have the opportunity to mold and guide future administrators. I'm saddened that our district will be losing you. WCSC won't be the same without you. All the best in your new position.

Anonymous said...

You will be greatly missed by the Wawasee community - and remembered as one of the best superintendants we have had. Your blog has allowed us to know you as a person, not just a name on the door. Our corporation has been in good hands the last 11 years, I do hope it will continue. Good luck in your new endeavor. Thanks for Wawascene!!!

Kathryn said...

You have done a great job and will be missed. I hope the new person keeps the blog up. It is a great source of information

Anonymous said...

The blog is great, and I hope the new person keeps it going!

Go Joy!

I also hope that the new person has the fortitude to take on the issues and allow principals to do the same.

Anonymous said...

Dr Stock, I thought you were only about 38 now.

Superintendent Mark Stock said...

That's funny!

The story with supes is that supe years are like "dog years" you have to multiply them by 7! LOL

Anonymous said...

Good luck in WY!! I do believe I'm a bit jealous. One of the most beautiful and diverse natural places in the US is Yellowstone and you'll only be a stones throw away from it.

Anonymous said...

I would like to know who is responsible for making a contract that gives Mark Stock $100,000 to LEAVE a job? What fund will this come from? Who will "lose" because of this contract?

photographer, sage, all around great guy said...

Mark,
I was out of town last week and just today heard of your leaving all of this...Corn, soybeans and whitetail deer for what??? Mountians, elk and mulies??? I have always appreciated not only your decorum towards the public, but also your willingness to extend the same attitude towards your employees, even as such as I was.

I echo j. baird's sentiment - Wyoming's gain is our loss...


Tim Stiffler