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Principal ‘overwhelmed’ by support

By Staff | Feb 7, 2008

A Spirit Lake High School principal who was asked to resign said he is overwhelmed by the community support he has received, particularly from students.

“I’m very grateful for the overwhelming support,” said Jedd Sherman, whose resignation as principal was accepted by the school board Feb. 5. While the resignation is effective June 30, Sherman is on administrative leave.

“They thought I should leave the building because of the problems it caused,” Sherman said. “Otherwise, I’d be glad to work.”

Sherman noted though that the public continued to support him.

“It seems like they’ve been pretty darned supportive,” he said.

Spirit Lake High School students staged a protest outside the high school Wednesday morning in support of Sherman.

While he did not want to go into detail, Sherman said “disagreeing opinions” were at the heart of the request by the board that he resign.

“Do I really know why? Not really,” Sherman said.

The school board is dealing with a budget shortfall of $600,000 to $1 million that it hopes to shore up with a Physical Plant and Equipment Levy. The new tax would generate about $1.1 million yearly for 10 years.

District voters will go to the polls March 18 to determine if they want to approve the levy. It would be the first voter-approved PPEL the district has had. A separate 33-cent PPEL is in place which did not require voter approval.

When asked whether the budget shortfall had anything to do with the request for his resignation, said Sherman, “It creates differing opinions.”

Now serving his second term as principal, Sherman has a total of five years of administrative experience.

“There were positive comments in my evaluations,” he said.

Sherman said he did not know whether he was going to seek legal counsel in the matter.

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