By Heather Graves
GREEN BAY – Steve Murley has resigned from his role as superintendent at the Green Bay School Districtwith immediate effect, citing lingering health issues.
The school board agreed to Murley’s retirement in a closed session before the regular meeting on Monday, April 11.
School board president Eric Vanden Heuvel said Murley asked the board to accept his retirement because of personal health issues that he and his family say need their full attention.
“The school board wishes to express its gratitude to Mr. Murley for his service to our students, staff and families,” said Vanden Heuvel. “Mr. Murley joined the school district during a pandemic and has led the ever-changing challenges and circumstances. We wish him all the best as he understandably needs to focus on his health at this time.
Murley said he is grateful for the opportunity to serve the students, families, staff, board and community of Green Bay.
“A school district is measured by the commitment of each of these groups to our children and their success,” Murley said. “Success takes hard work, dedication, leadership and vision. This district has shown extraordinary commitment during the most challenging time ever in public education. I want to express my sincere gratitude to everyone for their support of the district and our children during my tenure as superintendent. There is much to be proud of in the Green Bay Area Public School District, and I am humbled and grateful to have worked with all of you and served the families and students of Green Bay.
Murley was recently diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis (DVT) – which occurs when a blood clot (thrombus) forms in one or more of the deep veins of the body, usually in the legs – and has faced complications that resulting.
“The board was aware,” Vanden Heuvel said. “He is undergoing certain procedures and working from home. (Things) continued to (get) more complicated, and he had the difficult decision with his family that the stress and the amount of work required to be a superintendent and to manage this disease would not go hand in hand.
Also behind closed doors, the board appointed current deputy superintendent Vicki Bayer as acting superintendent, effective Tuesday, April 12.
“Ms. Bayer’s extensive knowledge of the district, her advocacy on behalf of all students, and her relationships with staff, students and parents will ensure a smooth transition,” said board vice president Laura McCoy. “I have complete confidence in Ms. Bayer’s ability to lead as the board begins the search for a new superintendent.”
Vanden Heuvel said no deadline has been set for Bayer’s interim position, but “I have a feeling it will be for the rest of the school year at least.”
The board will begin discussions regarding a timeline for the search for the district superintendent in the coming weeks.
“A new council will be in place (soon),” Vanden Heuvel said. “I don’t know if they will talk about it, in terms of next steps in open session or behind closed doors, but I can only do enough to get us through the next two weeks.”
Murley took over the district’s top job in July 2020 when Michelle Langenfeld retired.