The Ripon Area School District has begun a search for its next business manager.

   J.J. Gutman resigned his position as business manager effective June 30 to pursue a career closer to his home in the Fox Valley. Gutman joined the district in July 2014, replacing Rick Ketter who retired.

   In his resignation letter Gutman thanked the School Board for the opportunity of serving the students and taxpayers of Ripon, noting, “I have sincerely enjoyed the individuals I have worked with and the relationships I have built. It comes as a difficult decision, however, I have decided to tender my resignation effective July 1, 2018. I sincerely appreciate the opportunity for working in the district and wish all of you the best.”

   Gutman added that “the hour-long commute each way to Ripon has put a strain on my children’s lives and since my spouse recently completed medical school we are financially stable to make the decision for me to leave the district.”

   The board has established a timeline to look for the next business manager and the position has been posted.

   “I appreciate J.J. giving the district plenty of notice to allow us the opportunity to start looking now for his replacement,” Superintendent Mary Whitrock said. “Our goal is to have the next business manager selected by early March. This will provide time for J.J. to work with the new person to ensure a smooth transition.”

Read the full story in the Jan. 25, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.