Archive for Thursday, March 2, 2000

Superintendent Dan Bloom resigns

March 2, 2000

School Superintendent Dan Bloom on Thursday gave his letter of resignation to the Eudora Board of Education.

Two board members confirmed the action to The Eudora News, including school board President Mark Chrislip.

"Dan Bloom has resigned to pursue other opportunities," Chrislip said. "It's been a conversation that's probably been taking place the last couple of months. Nothing was official until today. We knew he was going to give us a letter of resignation because we had had conversations about it."

Bloom, who couldn't be reached for comment, will fulfill the remainder of his contract, which runs through June.

Although Chrislip said the parting is amicable, one board member said that friction between Bloom and the school board had reached a point where he probably would not have been offered a new contract.

"The handwriting was on the wall," said board member Carlie Abel. "I couldn't see him (getting a new contract) I think for each board member it's a different line of reasoning or dissatisfaction."

Abel said the subject of Bloom's resignation was broached in an executive session at a recent school board meeting. It was then that Bloom, who began his tenure in Eudora in 1983, agreed to submit his letter of resignation to the school board by March 1.

"It was a gentleman's agreement," Abel said.

Read next Thursday's Eudora News for in-depth coverage of Bloom's resignation.

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