Bonduel principal seeks new license after DPI denial notice

State says Grayvold failed to disclose info on application

Bonduel Elementary Principal Brad Grayvold has applied for a new license from the state that would allow him to keep his job with the district, a week after the Department of Public Instruction sent notice that it was denying the education and administrator license granted to him a year ago.

According to the DPI, Grayvold failed to disclose a plea of guilty or no contest to domestic violence that followed a physical confrontation with his wife at Norway School in Norway, Michigan, in August 2010. The plea was part of a deferred prosecution agreement.

Grayvold notified the Michigan Department of Education of the plea when it occurred, but left it off of his Wisconsin DPI application.

Grayvold originally applied for a Wisconsin license with the DPI in January. The license was granted in February.

The Shawano Leader reported in June that Grayvold was convicted of domestic violence in Michigan in 2010 after an altercation on school property. Records of the case show that Grayvold was found guilty of misdemeanor domestic violence and served a year on probation. After the probation, the case was expunged from his record.

The DPI began investigating the matter in July.

The license denial letter sent by the DPI on Dec. 20 stated the license was issued in error because Grayvold did not disclose the plea agreement or the deferred prosecution on his Competency and Conduct form.

Grayvold had the option of either requesting a hearing to challenge the DPI decision, or submit a new application that includes the information he previously failed to disclose.

Bonduel School District Superintendent Patrick Rau issued a statement on the matter Thursday.

“Mr. Brad Grayvold’s performance at Bonduel Elementary School has been very effective and his leadership has helped the school build upon an already solid foundation,” Rau wrote. “According to our communications with DPI, he is currently still licensed and a new application was submitted on December 27, 2017.”

The DPI confirmed Thursday that a new application has been filed and Grayvold remains licensed while the process plays out.

However, the new application is likely to undergo closer scrutiny because of the previous failure to disclose information.

“That would trigger another level of review,” said DPI Communications Director Tom McCarthy.

Grayvold will have to provide satisfactory evidence that the underlying behavior that led to the domestic violence conviction and deferred prosecution no longer exists and that issuing a license would not endanger the health, welfare, safety or education of students.

Grayvold has previously said he believed he was truthful on the license application because he believed the domestic violence case constituted neither an investigation nor a conviction.

Rau said in June he was aware that Grayvold had a troubled past. Although Rau would not elaborate, he said he had shared everything he knew with school board members before they voted to hire Grayvold.

Rau said the district had done its own background check on Grayvold and found nothing that would disqualify him from consideration for the principal job.

Rau issued a statement in July declining to comment on the state license investigation of Grayvold. Rau also said state law does not allow employers to consider a job applicant’s past criminal charges unless those charges result in a conviction.

Grayvold, a longtime school teacher and principal in Norway, Michigan, was hired from a pool of 42 applicants as principal of Bonduel Elementary School, a position that pays $82,500 a year to oversee about 300 students.

He was hired June 12 and began work effective July 1.