FRANKLIN - Steve Patz has retired as superintendent of the Franklin Public School District earlier than expected – effective immediately, not at the end of the current school year.
Patz, whose official last day was March 6, had previously planned to retire once school was done, had submitted a letter of resignation on Feb. 26 stating his intention.
However, Director of Human Resources Judy Mueller, who is currently assuming some of the duties of Patz, said that after he submitted the letter, he had conversations with the school board about leaving on March 6 instead for "personal reasons."
Mueller said she had no comment on the unusual nature of this sudden change, only stating: "Other people have had personal reasons to resign and retire at different times."
Currently, in addition to Mueller, Director of Business Services Jim Milzer is also assuming some of Patz's duties until a new district administrator is hired.
The Franklin School Board, which holds the responsibility of hiring a new superintendent, began discussions about finding a replacement in closed session at their meeting March 8. According to Mueller, no process or timeline has yet been set.
An announcement on the FPS website regarding Patz's resignation stated that more information will be shared with the school community once it becomes available.
Patz has served as the superintendent since joining the district on July 2, 2007. Since then, he has has guided the district through two successful referendums, renovation of the high school, and a new college and career readiness curriculum.
Prior to his job at Franklin, Patz worked in education as an assistant superintendent, superintendent, assistant principal, principal, athletic director, teacher, coach, and adjunct professor at the college level, serving in various posts in both Texas and Wisconsin.