STILLMAN VALLEY - The Meridian 223 CUSD has named an interim superintendent to replace Dr. Robert Morelan who recently resigned from the position. The resignation comes on the heels of a federal civil lawsuit. Stillman Valley High School Principal Michael Mandzen will act as the district's superintendent until a permanent replacement is found.
But the resignation of Dr. Robert Morelan and his counterpart, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Thomas Gaudreau, is leaving a lot of questions still unanswered. Both have checkered pasts involving sexual allegations, so why would the school district hire them knowing that?
"We were more or less flabbergasted about everything," said Melissa Lewis, secretary of the Meridian 223 PTO.
Lewis says she and other parents were caught off guard after finding out that a lawsuit has been filed against the former Meridian Schools administrator. The lawsuit alleges gender discrimination and a violation of the Americans with Disability Act.
"He's a great person, just a great man as far as I could tell," said Lewis.
But a 2003 article
in the Kenosha News describes Morelan as otherwise. The article reads that Morelan was fired from
his position as principal at a Kenosha Unified school district middle school. The firing came after he was issued a
restraining order by a former employee who accused him of sexual
harassment. Post his dismissal from
"I remember just getting this very thick and often times heavily redacted packet of papers from his personnel file that contains just a number of shocking allegations against him," said Karen Hollish, a former reporter from the Ashland Daily Press.
an article, post Gaudreau's resignation from the
"The papers I
received from the
The situation in
"You can Google anything and you may find stuff that might be bogus online, so what do you believe?" said Lewis.
Lewis says she wouldn't want to place blame on the school district since she doesn't know how the decision to hire the two was made.
The Meridian 223
School Board held a special meeting Wednesday night at their headquarters in