Dennis Ziegler will leave the Dukes athletic director post at the end of the school year, according to Wellington superintendent Dennis Mock.
“Denny and his wife will be working in the same school district in Wisconsin,” he said. “He will remain an athletic director and she will be teaching.”
Ziegler was employed full-time as athletic director but Mock said the position could become part-time because the duties do not require a full-time schedule. He pointed to the financial benefits of giving the position to someone who’s already employed in the district, where they would work in their current position part of the week and as athletic director in the remainder.
One person who has already applied to be Ziegler’s replacement is a substitute teacher. Mock says a sub could be a perfect candidate to divide teaching duties with A.D. responsibilities.
“Our business manager was making $60,000 and the athletic director was making $60,800. If we can fill some of these positions by using a stipend or redefining the duties of current employees, it has the potential to save the district a substantial amount of money,” he said.
Mock said that traditionally an assistant principal would fill this vacancy. However, Wellington High School assistant principal Sean Arno is also the current varsity football coach.
“He may want to remain coach for another two or three years,” said Mock. “If in the future that changed, that kind of dual assistant principal-athletic director role would certainly be doable.”
Calls to comment were not returned by Ziegler.
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File photo Dennis Ziegler will leave the Wellington school district following the 2016 school year.