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Prairie du Chien principal resigns

Prairie du Chien, Wis. (WXOW) — Aaron Amundson submitted his resignation to the Prairie du Chien school board Wednesday evening, which was accepted with a unanimous vote.

The 44-year-old Amundson has served as principal at Bluff View Intermediate School since 2008.  The resignation comes as the state Department of Public Instruction is currently attempting to revoke his administrative license.

It was this past August when a jury found Amundson not guilty of child abuse, regarding an incident involving a student.  The charge against Amundson stemmed from using a harsh chemical to remove profanity written on a 14-year-old boy’s hand.  The action resulted in a chemical burn. The boy’s parents had to take him to a hospital emergency room.

The DPI listed nine other incidents involving behavior considered inappropriate.

In a closed session, Amundsen tended his resignation.  Afterward, the school board voted unanimously to accept that resignation.  According to Superintendent Robert Smudde, the resignation allows the district to move forward.

“We hope to get focused back as where we are as a district.  We can say now how Bluffview has all three schools, elementary, middle and high school, all schools of recognition.  We have a lot of wonderful staff that makes it happen and we want to continue that momentum,” he said.

Amundson’s resignation goes into effect on May 3.  Superintendent Smuddie will finish out the remaining 30 days of the school year as interim principal.


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