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Madison East High School principal Brendan Kearney departing
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MADISON SCHOOL DISTRICT

Madison East High School principal Brendan Kearney departing

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Madison East High School will get its third principal in four school years beginning this fall.

Current principal Brendan Kearney announced in an email to parents Monday that he will not return for the 2021-22 school year. He was named principal in February 2020 after serving as interim since fall of 2019 after former principal Michael Hernandez took a job in administration.

Kearney “has accepted a leadership role in another school district,” Superintendent Carlton Jenkins said in his own email. Kearney said his family is relocating “to support my wife’s mother through terminal illness.”

Brendan Kearney

Kearney

Kearney also served at the school as a teacher and assistant principal.

East was largely shut down to in-person learning during Kearney’s tenure as principal. Madison high schools were the last in Dane County to welcome back students amid the COVID-19 pandemic when they began reopening to two half-days per student in late April.

Kearney dealt with most of the fallout from two high-profile incidents involving school staff. Business teacher David Kruchten resigned in February 2020 after he was indicted for placing hidden cameras in students’ hotel rooms during class trips. He is expected to plead guilty to a federal charge of attempting to produce child pornography.

A hidden camera was also found in January in a coach’s office at the high school, placed there to catch a custodian suspected of sleeping on the job. An independent investigation recommended staff involved in the incident be fired. District spokesperson Tim LeMonds said Tuesday that “staff who were identified to be directly involved in approving the installation of cameras were either already retired, or have since retired.”

The district has refused to release the investigative report.

Jenkins said the district will keep families updated on the search for a new East principal.

Should schools reopen? Our readers sound off

Readers have strong opinions about last Sunday's Wisconsin State Journal editorial, "Fauci sends a message to schools," which encouraged local school districts to develop and share plans for reopening schools for second semester. Here are some of the letters to the editor the State Journal has received in response in recent days. 

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I found last Sunday's State Journal editorial, "Fauci sends a message to schools," disingenuous and dangerous.

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Schools should have opened in September.

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The State Journal editorial board are a bunch of ghouls.

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I take issue with last Sunday's State Journal editorial, "Fauci sends a message to schools," on children returning to schools.

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Schools need to remain virtual. It does not add up that in-person school is OK.

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Instead of making teachers the scapegoats of all the world's ills once again, maybe we should simply be honest: The federal government's egreg…

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I am appalled at the State Journal editorial board’s twisting of Dr. Anthony Fauci’s statements on ABC’s “This Week” and its call to open Madi…

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I am grandmother to a third-grade student who is in the Sun Prairie School District.

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We should wait until fall of 2021 to resume school.

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Teachers want to be back in school, but we know teachers are not protected like they need to be. "Good enough" is not acceptable. Teachers have died.

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I am in total agreement with Dr. Anthony Fauci’s message and the Wisconsin State Journal's editorial in last Sunday's newspaper, "Fauci sends …

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A year of education is being lost at a great cost to the generation losing it.

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I strongly believe parents should have the option to be homeschooled, no matter what the conditions for their kids. 

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I read with great disappointment last Sunday's State Journal editorial, "Fauci sends a message to schools," suggesting schools in Dane County …

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Last Sunday's State Journal editorial, "Fauci sends a message to schools," took Dr. Anthony Fauci's comments out of context.

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I read with consternation last Sunday's State Journal editorial, "Fauci sends a message to schools."

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I find it pretty remarkable that the editorial board was able to gloss over the facts and act as a puppet, echoing statements made by the Legi…

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Last Sunday's State Journal editorial, "Fauci sends a message to schools," took Dr. Anthony Fauci’s comments wildly out of context.

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