Dickinson Public Schools had a surprise announcement at its recent school board meeting, when Superintendent Doug Sullivan announced his intentions to resign at the end of the school year.
Sullivan has been the superintendent since 2009, and has worked in public education for almost 40 years, but in the end, he wanted to start spending more time with his family.
“We have had some of our grandchildren move away from us which makes it hard for us to see them. We have grandchildren in town, and we have grandchildren on the way, ” said Sullivan
For many people associated with Dickinson Public Schools, the announcement was a shock.
“I was definitely in shock this morning. I didn’t know about it last night,” said Cyndee Egeness, DPS Human resources Coordinator
At the meeting, nine other instructors also announced their intentions to resign, which could propose a problem with the reopening of Berg Elementary next Fall.”
“This upcoming school year’s hiring process is going to be the most record breaking year that we have ever experienced,” said Egeness.
Since last Spring, Dickinson Public Schools has hired 38 teachers.
Egeness said in past years the resignations have been due to people wanting to relocate, but these recent ones are different.
“A big factor in regards to our resignations and retirees is the years of service our teachers have been putting in, as well as them coming up on their retirement.”
Dickinson Public Schools doesn’t have an estimate yet on how many positions will need to be filled for the next school year, but finding a new superintendent is another matter all together.
“I’ll be meeting with the school board soon to discuss our plan for advertising for a new school superintendent, ” said Egeness.
Dickinson Public Schools said a total of 13 instructors have announced their intentions to resign since the start of the school year: two of them are principals.