La Crosse School Board member resigns, cites “serious concerns” about future of district

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – A La Crosse School board member resigned at Monday night’s school board meeting.

“Effective immediately, I am resigning my position on the La Crosse Board of Education amid serious concerns of the future of the La Crosse School District based in large part on the leadership of Superintendent Engel,” said Rob Abraham during the public speaker portion of the meeting.

Abraham was elected to the board in April of 2021.

He says under the coherent governance model the board uses, the decision-making is ultimately left to Superintendent Aaron Engel.

“Boldly, it’s a dictatorship,” said Abraham.

Abraham cites Engel’s recent email, stating that if the referendum doesn’t pass, all future high school students will attend Central High School.

“Wherever you stand on consolidating our high schools and, in effect, our middle schools, it’s inexcusable to present this poor alternative to place pressure on the referendum,” said Abraham. “This alarming alternative as presented by Superintendent Engel to district staff has revealed the greatest instability facing the district.”

Abraham said since people can’t vote out the superintendent, they should vote people onto the school board who will demand accountability.

Abraham left the board meeting immediately after giving his remarks.

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