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By Joe Block 

SPSD superintendent Cliff Thompson to step down in the fall


May 30, 2019

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Cliff Thompson

The Sauk Prairie School District will see a major leadership change this fall. Current superintendent Cliff Thompson will step down, taking the position of assistant superintendent, currently held by Jeff Wright. Wright will become superintendent. Thompson has spent the last 7 years as superintendent.

The school board discussed the change at a special meeting about the transition on May 20. The meeting was called because there was only one meeting in May, as opposed to the usual two. In an e-mail from board president Richard Judge to Thompson, the early stages of the transition were discussed.

Thompson will change positions on Sept. 1. The e-mail reads, "While the district will have a new districtwide administrator, this plan allows for a level of transition and support for the incoming Superintendent as well as an opportunity for the outgoing administrator to continue to serve the district in a strategic and advisory role." At the meeting, Thompson explained that given Wright's tenure as assistant superintendent and his familiarity with the district, he expected the transition to go smoothly.

The board will work with Wright and Thompson to finalize a transition plan. Judge notes, "It is our hope that this plan will provide a maximum level of service for the needs of the Sauk Prairie School District for the future."

After Thompson explained the plan, he was given a round of applause by those gathered at the meeting.

A previous version of this article had Thompson's last name incorrect. The Star News regrets the error.


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