May 8, 2012 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff WriterRiverton High School activities director Keith Bauder has submitted a letter of resignation to Fremont County School District 25 superintendent Terry Snyder.
Bauder confirmed his decision Tuesday morning.
Bauder's resignation, with a requested effective date of May 14, will be acted on by the Riverton school board at its regular meeting Tuesday night according to Snyder.
Bauder cited "health and family reasons" for his resignation, Snyder said.
Riverton High School will host the Class 1-A, 2-A and 4-A regional track meets this Friday and Saturday as well as Class 3-A tournament play in soccer matches Friday and Bauder will be working those events, according to Snyder.
Bauder, in an interview Tuesday morning, said that he needs some time off and will make decisions about his future this summer.
"Sometimes you have to do some things for yourself to make it work out. It is scary making a decision like this. It is a sad day. This has been a great job. For the last three years, I have been having some health problems. It's not so much the stresses of the job, it is the stresses you put on yourself that I need to deal with," Bauder said.
Bauder said that he had visited with Snyder, and that the two decided to "cut it loose."
Bauder, who was placed on administrative leave Monday, April 30, said he met with Snyder last week and could have come back to work this past weekend, but resumed his position of activities director Monday.
When asked why he was placed on administrative leave, Bauder replied that it was for "personal reasons."
Bauder is not certain what his next job will be.
"I started looking at family. It would be nice to finish my career here. I may go to the farm (in North Dakota) this summer to clear my head. I have a daughter and grandchild in Bismarck. It might be nice to get closer to them. Riverton has been so good to me. I have made a lot of great friends here and around the state. I may end up staying here," Bauder said.
Bauder said that he will take some time later to reflect on his career but added that he hopes "the town could be proud of what we put on. It is about the kids and letting them have a good time in what they were doing.
"I hope people will say that I have done some good things," Bauder said.
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