May 9, 2012 - By Carolyn B. Tyler, Staff WriterFollowing an executive session Tuesday, the Riverton school board unanimously accepted the resignation of activities director Keith Bauder without public discussion or comment.
In his letter of resignation, dated May 4, one week after being put on administrative leave, Bauder wrote, "Health and family is the reason for my resignation."
Addressing the board of education, Bauder wrote, "You have always been here for the staff and students of Riverton, and I am very proud of being part of this team. With good personnel that you have in this district, you will keep moving in the right direction."
Following the meeting, superintendent Terry Snyder said the district has begun the process of advertising for an activities director as an administrative position. While Bauder did not have administrative credentials, Snyder said he thought it was important for his successor to have administrative certification because that person will supervise the coaches.
Bauder was Riverton's representative on the northwest Wyoming High School Activities Association 4-A board of directors. His term expires in June. Snyder said Riverton High School principal Joanne Flanagan has asked the WHSAA to allow District 25 to appoint a temporary replacement on that board but has not yet heard back.
If permission is granted, Snyder said he expected John Griffith, the high school assistant principal, to be appointed to the position.
Snyder said Bauder's resignation will "have absolutely no effect" on current projects in the district, such as the bleacher work at Wolverine Field.
"We have a strong commitment to these projects," Snyder said.
He said maintenance supervisor Larry Hartwell carries the responsibility for the "logistics and contracts" on the projects, and they will continue on schedule.
Bauder's resignation is effective May 14.
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