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Gibraltar's "resizing" causes change

Gibraltar Area Schools’ declining enrollment may be part of the reason why three administrators have left in recent weeks.


The Gibraltar Area School Board held a special meeting last week to discuss a path moving forward after Gibraltar Elementary School Principal Brian Annen announced he was resigning from his post. That followed the resignations of Gibraltar Secondary School Principal Gereon Methner and Director of Learning Tim Mulrain. The district entered the school year down an administrator after Shaun Young resigned at the end of the 2019/2020 school year.


Gibraltar Area Schools Superintendent Tina Van Meer says when Young resigned, the board opted not to hire a replacement. A similar idea was brought forward when Methner announced his resignation. She believes that possibility led to Annen and Mulrain not feeling comfortable with what the workload could be moving forward before they ultimately found other opportunities. Van Meer says her challenge now is to determine what the administration structure will look like so it has the best impact on its staff, students, and parents.

The Gibraltar School Board will discuss what the resized administrative team will look like and the strategy moving forward to fill the open positions on June 14th. Van Meer believes it will be an evolving process to make sure that any strategy they adopt can be tweaked to best fit the district’s needs.

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