Conrad Farner's Statement on Resignation

The superintendent's nearly 10-year tenure with the Greenfield School District will come to an end Jan. 15, as Farner takes a new position in Cedarburg.

Greenfield Superintendent Conrad Farner, whose resignation was approved by the Greenfield School Board on Monday, issued the following statement about leaving for a position with the Cedarburg School District:

"I am happy to report that the School Board approved my resignation from the District last night, effective at the end of the day on January 15. I am extremely excited to be joining the Cedarburg School District as their new Director of Human Resources. I have dedicated my professional career to building the most dedicated, caring and compassionate teams of educators and look forward to promoting and maintaining such teams in Cedarburg.

"I am so proud of the administrators, teachers and support staff we have assembled and nurtured here in Greenfield. Over the past nine and one half years, Greenfield has become an amazing place to work and learn. The Greenfield community passed four consecutive referendums, allowing for facilities that are second to none, including an incredible Natatorium, a beautiful Performing Arts Center and a state-of-the-art High School. We have also made significant facility improvements to our elementary schools and the middle school.

"We have managed millions of dollars of budget reductions while still offering quality learning experiences for our students. We have implemented energy saving initiatives that have avoided costs and we have managed budgets in the most fiscally responsible manner. The fund balance has almost doubled, short-term borrowing has not been necessary for years and the taxpayers saved millions of dollars as we came in under budget the past six consecutive years.

"We have upgraded technology hardware and software to modernize and streamline operations. We are effectively using technology to improve learning and efficiency...and I recognize it will always be a struggle to have our technology exactly where we want it. We stopped double-data entry that teachers used to have to do with our old grading/assessment software and are utilizing new hardware and software whenever and wherever our resources allow.

"Curriculums have been significantly revised to meet state and national standards, ensuring rigor and scaffolding across grade levels. Formative assessments are being used to guide instruction and the District has embarked on a Balanced Assessment initiative that will help teachers monitor student progress and encourage students to actively monitor their progress. We have invested heavily in professional development for our teachers, making sure that all Greenfield educators are well-versed in the most effective instructional practices in both literacy and mathematics. Teachers new to the District now participate in an intensive three year program of coursework to ensure they are up to speed with Greenfield practices and expectations. All Greenfield teachers and administrators have been trained in Creating Independence through Student-owned Strategies (CRISS) with the goal again to have students take more ownership for their learning.

"We have hired well over half of the teaching staff and the entire administrative team, ensuring educator teams that consist of the most dedicated, intelligent, passionate, creative and collaborative individuals that any district could hope to have. The expectations of the teachers, administrators and staff are high in this District, and the shared vision and commitment is paying off with improved student learning. The passion for meeting the needs of our students has never been stronger and the commitment to helping every student gain a sense of belonging, mastery, independence and generosity is remarkable.

"I take great pride in knowing I served the students and families of Greenfield to the best of my ability and am leaving the District in much better shape than when I arrived. I appreciate all of the work my colleagues have done to serve Greenfield and support each other. It has been a wonderful experience to be part of such an outstanding learning community."

John Seymour January 10, 2013 at 03:01 PM
Chris, you should probably stop writing...you are sounding more foolish by the minute. In order to achieve this level of teacher you have to prove that you are doing a great job in front of a board. It even includes videotaped teaching. It is not something that is just handed out. She is clearly an exceptional teacher or she would not have gotten this award. The graduation numbers in GSD are not dismal. MPS...maybe
Fred January 10, 2013 at 10:51 PM
Farner came up through the ranks. He didn't all of a sudden become a bad guy. Board, unions, parents, turn on people sometimes. Good for him leaving. Hire a person who has been a teacher, principal and a Supt in a smaller district who is looking for a new challenge. Pay him or her $150,000 and support them. Quit whining about Farner, he is gone.
John Seymour January 12, 2013 at 03:11 AM
Sadly Fred he did become a bad guy. Almost overnight. His entire personality changed. Quite honestly, despite my bad experiences with him ranting, I feel bad for him. Something changed for him personally and it affected many people.
RAJ January 12, 2013 at 07:02 PM
I agree with you Fred and others, some of the board wanted him gone for some time. He was a principal prior to his employment at Greenfield. He did a great job. As far as him changing, how would you not when you have a borad and union people always saying stuff about you in the public and on the Patch, and made it impossilbe for him to find a new job. No matter who gets this job, they will never be good enough for the union or others. Leave the man alone now and let him as well as us move on. I find it funny that 3 of the board members were union (1 fire chief/wife is an employee in Greenfield, one worked for the IRS and husband is an ex-cop in Greenfield, and last one him and his wife worked for the Sheriff and he still does, called double dipping) as well and get a pension from us tax payers.
Buck Star January 12, 2013 at 07:44 PM
RAJ, your reply is just off. What's your point about board members once being union members? The retired fire chief was non-union for many years while deputy chief, assistant chief and chief. His wife is not a union employee and I don't think you understand the term "double dipping" in regards to the Sheriff. I'm glad to finally have a board who doesn't just rubber stamp everything Farner wants. The only thing I agree with is that it's time for us to move on.


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