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Sparta superintendent resigns, after being investigated for allegedly harassing school employees

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One area school district is looking for a new superintendent, after its leader for the last five years resigned in the wake of intimidation and harassment charges.

Sparta superintendent Dr. Amy Van Deuren submitted her resignation on Wednesday, several days after the release of a report on her alleged behavior toward district employees.

The investigation looked into the claims of school workers that they were fearful of Van Deuren and felt threatened by her actions, which they say included entering offices without knocking and using physical gestures and profanity during meetings.

The district says no unlawful harassment was found. The Sparta school board is expected to vote soon on the resignation. Its next scheduled meeting is July 26th.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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