Brookings School Board lays out reasons for superintendent’s resignation

March 28, 2023

BROOKINGS, S.D.–The Brookings School Board has released the settlement agreement with Superintendent Klint Willert who resigned last week, effective June 2nd.

The agreement includes supplemental information from a law firm that lays out a number of reasons for Willert to resign or be terminated for cause.

The key statement is as follows: “The board has lost faith in your ability to lead the District. It is the consensus of the Board that changes must be made for the good of the District.”

Among the listed reasons: not following through on several committees he said would be established, lack of communication and leadership on a number of topics, no advice or strategy provided to the board on upcoming school boundary changes, lack of leadership on early childhood education and reportedly making changes to his employment contract
without legal review.

Willert had a two-year contract with one year remaining. He will be paid $189,000 for that remaining year.

In return, Willert will make no claims against the district.