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Smolek resigns as Antigo Superintendent Thursday


ANTIGO, WI (WSAU) -  Antigo’s school superintendent won’t be staying long. Dr. Steven Smolek has resigned after less than a year on the job.

The administrator who helped convince the school board not to close four rural elementary schools and consolidate students at three city buildings after a failed referendum will be done July 31st.

Smolek wrote a letter to the school board, saying it is with “great trepidation and a heavy heart” that he leaves the district. Smolek says he has not been offered another position, but he does, “wish to pursue other career opportunities and will consider early retirement” and end his education career or put it on hold.

Prior to serving Antigo, Smolek was the superintendent in the Mauston school district for four years. Before that, he worked in a variety of roles including Building Principal and Director of Instructional Programs for Mosinee from 1989 and 2008. He began his career as a coach and social studies teacher.

Dr. Smolek could not be reached Thursday for comment.