Ennis superintendent’s resignation on school board’s agenda

The Ennis School Board is set to receive superintendent Doug Walsh’s resignation at Wednesday’s board meeting, the board chairman said Tuesday.

“It was fairly clear Doug was going to make it until the school building was finished. That’s what we asked him to do,” said board chairman Marc Glines. “The school was officially finished Friday.”

The agenda for Wednesday’s meeting was announced Monday and under new business is an item titled “Resignation of Doug Walsh.” Glines said he hadn’t seen the agenda, but didn’t seem surprised.

Glines said he didn’t think the resignation was connected with the recent opinion issued by Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock, which stated Ennis School District’s use of adult education funds to build the new school was illegal.

“He spoke to me about retiring before the attorney general’s opinion came down,” he said.

Since Walsh is under contract, the board must agree to accept his resignation and release him from the contract, Glines said.

The search for the new superintendent would begin as soon as the board approves Walsh’s resignation, he said.

Walsh didn’t return phone messages and an email Monday and Tuesday seeking comment.

Wednesday, Feb. 8 is the Ennis School Board’s regular monthly meeting and will begin at 5 p.m. in room 3 at the Ennis High School.

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