Turmoil in Hancock: Schools chief, another board member resign

Beaudoin cites ‘career change’

Graham Jaehnig/Daily Mining Gazette Hancock Schools Superintendent Kipp Beaudoin (center) announced his resignation Friday in an email to staff and administrators of the school district. Also on Friday, a second School Board member, Paula Nutini, resigned, making her the second board member to resign in as many weeks. School Board President Kevin Kalinec resigned last Friday. Board Vice President Randy Heinonen is on the left, and Principal Ezekiel Ohan is on the right.

HANCOCK — Hancock Public Schools superintendent Kipp Beaudoin announced in an email that he has submitted his resignation, effective later this year.

The email was obtained by the Daily Mining Gazette through an anonymous source who does not want to be named for fear of retaliation.

“I want to take this time to announce that I will be pursuing a career change,” the email states, “at the end of the school year and have resigned effective the end of July. To all, best wishes. Kipp.”

The email does not does not mention the career change being pursued. Beaudoin was unavailable for comment on the record to explain the timing of the move.

After only two years in the position, Beaudoin’s resignation announcement was announced Friday afternoon to staff and administration of the elementary, middle and high schools, and comes on the heels of the announcement of another resignation of a School Board member, Paula Nutini, who resigned earlier in the day.

Nutini’s resignation has been confirmed by several sources in the school, including district administration.

A request under the Freedom of Information Act was submitted to the high school for further information, but was sent too late on Friday to be received before the office closed.

On Wednesday, the Daily Mining Gazette reported the resignation of School Board President Kevin Kalinec, who cited negativity in the community directed to the School Board as a reason why he was leaving.

All these actions follows the news reported by the Daily Mining Gazette in late February revealing an online petition drive pressuring the board to not renew the contract of Hancock High School principal Ezekiel Ohan when his contract expires at the end of the school year.