Board quietly agrees not to renew West High principal Ann Schultz’s contract

The Oshkosh school board quietly agreed not to renew West High School principal Ann Schultz’s employment contract this week.

The board unanimously voted on a broad personnel resolution that included renewing administrator contracts during its regular business meeting Wednesday. The details of the resolution were not provided to the public, but Oshkosh Northwestern Media has learned Schultz’s contract was not included.

Board member Karl Loewenstein confirmed Friday that Shultz’s contract was not renewed, and her employment with the district will officially end in June 2014. The board renewed contracts for every other administrator in the district, Loewenstein said.

Loewenstein and board member Allison Garner declined to comment further, citing confidentiality of personnel issues.

“We did not approve renewal of her contract, but I can’ talk about reasons that decision was made,” Loewenstein said.

Neither Superintendent Stan Mack II nor Human Resources Director Mike Nault were immediately available for comment Friday morning.

A message left for Schultz on her office voicemail was also not immediately returned.
Schultz, 48, was heavily criticized by some parents and students for her involvement in a disciplinary case that resulted in the board declining to renew former West Basketball coach Brad Clark’s contract last summer.

Schultz has worked in Oshkosh schools 10 years and formerly was the principal at Perry Tipler Middle School. She was promoted in 2010 to West High, which is the district’s biggest school with nearly 1,800 students. Schultz earned a base salary of $101,900 in 2011-12, according to the state Department of Public Instruction.

Schultz’s husband, Kirby Schultz, is principal at Oakwood elementary and has worked in the district 8 years.

About Adam Rodewald

Adam Rodewald is the senior reporter for The Oshkosh Northwestern and a member of the Gannett Wisconsin Media Investigative Team. He has been a professional journalist since 2006. He specializes in open records, data analysis, and issues surrounding education, children and families.
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