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Some Stillman Valley parents want answers on administrators stepping down

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PTO Treasurer Cindy Raimer PTO Treasurer Cindy Raimer
District parent Jim Coons District parent Jim Coons
District parent Julie Wythe District parent Julie Wythe

Meridian school district's superintendent and assistant superintendent are both out of a job. We told you Thursday night they resigned. More than 100 district parents attended a PTO Fundraiser Friday night and some offered reaction.

School board members won't say why Dr. Robert Morelan and Dr. Thomas Gaudreau are done working.

"I think everyone deserves to know why if there were allegations of some sort of misconduct or some bad business." -says district parent Julie Wythe.

Rumors are flying around Stillman Valley about both leaders, like why Dr. Gaudreau was on paid administrative leave before resigning.

"As far as I know he hasn't been accused of doing anything wrong in our district." -says PTO Treasurer Cindy Raimer.

Stillman Bank's vice president, Jim Coons, is a parent in the district. He knows what it's like to hold an administrative position and says there's a time and place for disclosing information.

"As time goes by things will come out. We're a small community so I would think that eventually something will come out about it." -Coons says.

He supports the property tax increase referendum no matter who's on the board. It would solve over half of the district's $2 million dollar deficit. Wythe shares a different opinion.

"I did [support the referendum] until today. Now, I have absolutely no idea because who is making what decision and on what grounds? Now, if you can't give me that certainty and knowledge than I don't think I want to give you anymore money." -she says.

Board President Bruce Larson says for now, the Stillman Valley High School principal 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.

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