William Hintz, Menomonee Falls High School principal for the past six years, announced his resignation, effective the end of the current school year. Hintz remains under contract to continue to serve as an administrator in the district through June 30, 2011.
"I am very proud of the students and staff at Menomonee Falls High School," Hintz said in a news release issued today. "We have accomplished a great deal over the past six years. The building project allowed us to renew our high school campus. The ninth-graders returned and added a new dimension to the high school."
The high school is in a great position to see success in the future, added Hintz.
"I am very grateful to the students, staff, parents and community for their support," he said.
Superintendent Keith Marty said Hintz led the high school through significant changes.
"Bill worked steadily and put in long hours on behalf of the students and staff," Marty said in the release. "He has great pride in our high school and the students."
No reason was given for the resignation.
Marty said the district will immediately begin looking for a replacement for Hintz and hopes to have a new principal in place by July 1.
Hintz has had to deal with a tumultuous year since the ninth-graders returned to the high school this year after Jefferson Middle School was closed. The school is on pace to have the highest number of expulsions and suspensions in at least a decade, and there has been an increase in the number of thefts and fights.
And problems at the fall homecoming dance - including extreme sexual grinding - caused the school to implement a code of conduct at dances that included a ban on grinding. Students, unhappy with the policy, virtually boycotted the next school-sponsored dance in February, causing its cancellation. Meanwhile, nearly 200 students attended an alternative dance, which was organized by students who were upset with the school's new policy.
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