Legal Services

The Legal Department supports the District's mission by providing quality legal counsel, advice and representation to the Superintendent of Schools and Learning and the Board of Education. School operations are governed by a host of state and federal laws that are constantly changing and growing more complicated. The Legal Department assists the District in maintaining compliance with the law, while weighing other considerations such as moral, economic, and social factors relevant to the school district’s situation. 

Melissa Thiel Collar
Legal Counsel
(920) 448-7406
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Where legal issues affect District students and families, Legal Counsel partners with District and school staff to address the diverse needs of students and families by balancing legal requirements with the needs of students and families. The District's Legal Counsel represents the District in litigation, renders legal opinions, interprets and drafts Board of Education policies and rules, investigates claims filed against the District, coordinates and responds to open records requests, and drafts and reviews contracts on behalf of the District. Working together with the School Board, District and school staff members, District Legal Counsel and school officials work to ensure compliance with applicable laws and minimize the risk of litigation and liability.  

Abby Tilkens
Abby Tilkens
Student Discrimination and Title IX Coordinator
(920) 448-2284
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The Student Discrimination and Title IX Coordinator assists the District in providing direction and leadership for the administration as well as compliance with federal and state harassment and discrimination laws to ensure a safe learning and working environment throughout the District. Some of the duties include submitting all required reports regarding civil rights compliance to the appropriate federal or state authorities, assessing the effectiveness of current policies and practices, and providing professional development and support to buildings and staff as needed.

Heather Nelson
Executive Assistant / Paralegal
(920) 448-2039
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The District's Paralegal/Executive Assistant assists Legal Counsel in all aspects of legal representation, including acknowledging and responding to open records requests, evaluating and responding to pupil record requests, drafting and revising policies and contracts, and assisting staff with responding to day-to-day legal questions and issues faced by District staff.  

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