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Mid-Prairie Superintendent releases statement

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The Mid-Prairie Superintendent of Schools gave a statement to the school board Saturday during a special meeting.

The superintendent says he plans to resign if the board delivers a no-confidence vote during a May school board meeting.

This comes after letting Trent Yoder serve as a volunteer in the district.

Yoder was accused of recording a high school athlete change her clothes in 1998.

Yoder served time and probation, and he was then taken off the sex offender registry.

Here's the Superintendent's statement:

To the School Board Members, Staff Members, Parents and Community Members of the Mid-Prairie Community School District –

A decision I made in 2015 concerning the volunteer status of Trent Yoder has greatly divided the Mid-Prairie community. For this I apologize. While I have enjoyed my 30-year career as a Mid-Prairie Teacher, Elementary Principal, and Superintendent, in order for me to help work toward a resolution to this issue and the other important issues facing this district, I need the support of the school board, school staff, parents and community.

Therefore, at the May 14th Mid-Prairie School Board Meeting, I will ask the School Board to take a vote of “confidence” or “no confidence” as it relates to my superintendent responsibilities.

The time between now and May 14 will allow the School Board the opportunity to gather staff member, parent, and community opinion about my future effectiveness. Obviously, the public is welcome to attend this meeting.

If the result is a vote of “no confidence,” I will immediately submit my resignation effective June 30, 2018. While I am not quite ready for retirement, I will leave with no hard feelings looking forward to having more time to properly spoil my grandchildren.

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