The Tonganoxie school district superintendent likely won’t be returning to his post after his contract ends in late June.
The Tonganoxie school board voted Monday, 4-3, for a resolution stating its intent not to renew the contract of Superintendent Richard Erickson.
In a written statement, Erickson had this to say about the board’s decision:
“I am disappointed with the board’s decision. I want to thank the board members who supported me and my employment in USD 464 over the past 12 years. I want to thank USD 464 employees, board members and students for the opportunity to serve as superintendent in USD 464. I am very pleased with the accomplishments that have been realized in the school district over the past 12 years.”
To his written statement, Erickson attached a list of accomplishments, including new programs, cost-saving measures and passage of a $25.3 million bond issue in 2004.
But in the last two years, Erickson was involved in some controversy, including an assistant’s contract buyout and a mill levy filing error he submitted to Leavenworth County that cost taxpayers nearly $370,000.
The district bought out the contract of Jamie Brun, director of operations, after a short time on the job in 2007. On one occasion, Brun and Erickson had an argument that led to Brun calling 911.