STILLMAN VALLEY — Two Meridian School district leaders stepped down on Thursday, January 31. Superintendent Dr. Robert Morelan and Asst. Superintendent Tom Gaudreau resigned effective immediately. Board President Bruce Larson says for now, the Stillman Valley High School principal, Michael Mandzen, is in charge. The board is actively searching for an interim superintendent. Once they fill that position, they’ll look for an assistant. Larson says the board will release a statement on why the two leaders stepped down in the coming weeks.The Regional Office of Education assist in finding permanent replacements.
An almost two million dollar budget shortfall in addition to a federal civil lawsuit are more problems facing the Meridian School District. A civil suit filed against the school district and its former superintendent, Dr. Robert Morelan was filed in Federal Court last month. The suit filed by Jennifer Porter, 38, of Boone County and her attorney, alleges discrimination after being replaced by a male in her job as the Director of Human Resources for Meridian CUSD 223. Porter seeks a trial by jury, back-pay and punitive damages.