From July 2007-June 2011, Dr. Paul Kreutzer was superintendent of the School District of New Berlin. Prior to that, he was the superintendent of North Lake, a one-school K-8 district of about 400 students in Wisconsin. Dr. Kreutzer left the New Berlin School District in 2011 to take a lucrative superintendent post in New York's Katonah-Lewisboro District. (See my previous blog post) The Katonah-Lewisboro District's Board President introduced Dr. Kreutzer to their community as a committed family man whose wife and young daughter would be joining him. Indeed, Dr. Kreutzer's wife, a teacher, took a job in a nearby school district.
Interestingly, court records from another state reveal that Dr. Kreutzer fathered a child out of wedlock. The child was born on May 11, 2008. The child's mother filed a lawsuit against Dr. Kreutzer for paternity, child support, etc. on June 23, 2008. The parties settled out of court. Around that time, Dr. Kreutzer would have been celebrating his first anniversary as superintendent of New Berlin Public Schools.
The child's mother was a student teacher at North Lake Elementary School during the final months of Dr. Kreutzer's time as North Lake's superintendent.
According to information in the petition she filed, the child was conceived in her new home state (not Wisconsin) shortly after Dr. Kreutzer started his new job at the School District of New Berlin. Birthdates in the court records indicate a 12-year difference in their ages. The child's mother was 25 years old and Dr. Kreutzer 37 when their baby was born.
A few days after the Katonah-Lewisboro School Board was made aware of Dr. Kreutzer's history, Dr. Kreutzer filed a petition with the same family court. In that Dec. 20, 2012 petition, Dr. Kreutzer admitted to having had sexual relations with the child's mother at the "probable date(s) of conception of the minor child" and that DNA tests confirmed he's the boy's father. Noting that the child has resided with its mother since birth, Dr. Kreutzer agreed the child's mother should be designated primary residential parent. Dr. Kreutzer's petition also states, "Father [Kreutzer] should enjoy reasonable long distance parenting time. A therapeutic interventionist should likely be appointed as the minor child does not know Father [Kreutzer]." Dr. Kreutzer's 4 1/2 year old son does not even know him? In his petition, Dr. Kreutzer claims to have voluntarily paid the unreimbursed medical expenses incurred by the mother from the birth of the child, paid the mother's attorney's fees and additional monies as requested by her, and paid monthly child support at a rate higher than the state's Child Support Guidelines. Dr. Kreutzer's petition makes several requests of the Court: 1. Order that Dr. Kreutzer be declared the natural father of the minor child 2. Award the parties joint custody and joint legal decision making for the minor child 3. Order child support in an amount consistent with the state's Child Support Guidelines commencing on the first month following the filing of the petition 4. Order that each party be responsible for his/her own attorney fees and costs going forward 5. Order such other and further relief as the Court deems just and proper.