School board member resigns over superintendent controversy

By: NewsCenter 16 staff Email
By: NewsCenter 16 staff Email
A school board member has followed the district superintendent in submitting a formal resignation.

Photo courtesy The Leader

NILES A school board member has followed the district superintendent in submitting a formal resignation.

The Leader reports that Michael Waldron stepped down because he wasn't happy with how the board handled the resignation of former superintendent Richard Weigel. He says they never heard Weigel's side of the story after other administrators accused Weigel of bullying the school staff. Waldron was the only board member to vote against accepting Weigel's resignation.

Waldron joined the school board in 2007. His term was set to expire at the end of 2016.

The school board has 30 days to find a replacement. Anyone wishing to apply should file a letter of interest with the superintendent by May 5. They can be forwarded to the office of the superintendent at 111 Spruce St., Niles, MI 49120 or emailed to michael.lindley@nilesschools.org.

A teacher in Niles also resigned this week after two months of administrative leave.

According to The Leader, Adam Zmudzinski was pulled off the job in February while the district looked into accusations that he drank alcohol at work. He was also accused of abusing paid leave and engaging in other misconduct with district employees.

Zmudzinski was a teacher at Oak Manor 6th Grade Center.


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