GREENFIELD - Whitnall's board of education will not conduct its own investigation of the district's former superintendent, Lowell Holtz, although recent reports suggest he may have misused district resources.
According to a letter from the board, the district considered an investigation, but ultimately decided against using its resources for that purpose.
"The board also considered the option of attempting to recoup wages and benefits for the time that the former superintendent may have spent on political activities during the workday; however, the board decided that it does not want to incur any additional expenses for the district or use district resources that are better used to support students and strengthen the district’s programs and services," the letter said.
According to current superintendent Lisa Olson, the board recently became aware of others' investigations, prompting a response.
"Due to the numerous open records requests by outside organizations over the past four months, the board became aware of emails as they were released to the public," Olson said.
The group One Wisconsin Now had found an email Holtz sent during work hours through these open records request, which the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported on in Februrary.
A board member had requested March 13 that the board look into recouping wages from the former superintendent based on the information that was released. The board discussed the matter in closed session March 27 and released a letter to the community on their decision March 29.
Whitnall had also contacted the district attorney to inquire about the One Wisconsin Now's investigation in response to media reports. Though they will not conduct their own investigation, the board says Whitnall plans to cooperate with any further potential investigation.
The district clarified the matter in a follow up message posted on its website, which said: "While we acknowledge that our former superintendent may have used district resources to engage in political activity during the workday, we have no knowledge of the extent. We have no knowledge of the extent because we did not conduct an investigation internally."
Both full letters to the community can be located on the district's website, whitnall.com, under the "News and Announcements" section.