BLOOMSBURG, COLUMBIA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Monday night’s school board meeting is bringing big changes to the Bloomsburg Area School District.
“We all want the same thing. We want our teachers, support staff, building-level principals to feel valued and empowered. We want success in connection to not be empty words and promises,” said the President of the Bloomsburg Area School District Joshua Klingerman Sr.
The Bloomsburg Area School Board voted unanimously to accept the resignation of the superintendent Dr. Donald Wheeler Monday. Secondary complex executive principal Jason Moser will take over as interim superintendent immediately.
Bloomsburg Area Middle School teacher Tara Mowrey spoke Monday night on behalf of current teachers within the district saying this is a great first step toward moving to a better future.
“Swift action taking here tonight are great first steps. They are appreciated and do not go unnoted. We look forward as a collective to building upon this new relationship so we can make our school community reach its full potential,” said Tara Mowery who is a middle school teacher at Bloomsburg Area.
Last week, Eyewitness News looked into a significant drop in graduation rates and more than 10 teachers leaving the district since July. We also sat down with former Bloomsburg Area School District employee Patricia Lawton who said the teachers are at their boiling point referencing a “toxic leadership”
“We need leadership that values all the key stakeholders here and that actions are taken on their concerns. That people are not punished for attempting to bring light to problems, request help, and advocate for their students. We need leadership who will help us with that mission rather than create barriers for that mission,” said Lawton.
Dr. Donald Wheeler’s resignation goes into effect on November 1.
The school district issued a response, you can read it here.
Among the several matters addressed, they say an investigation found four students reported as not graduating was incorrect. That means the district had a graduation rate of more than 88 percent, and say their goal can be no less than 100 percent.