The Loveland School District released this statement on December 20. Sonja Hansen was asked to resign or be fired recently after complaints to the District about the recent musical under Hansen's direction, Legally Blond.
LOVELAND HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA DEPARTMENT RESTRUCTURES
District thanks former drama director for dedication and energy
The Loveland City School District today announced a new focus for the Loveland High School (LHS) drama department to include an expansion of dramatic plays, talent shows and musicals. As a result of the change in direction, LHS drama director Sonja Hansen will be leaving this position.
“First, I want to apologize directly to Mrs. Hansen for the way this issue was handled,” said Dr. John Marschhausen, Loveland superintendent. “The district had a change in administration, and procedures were not in place for proper articulation of expectations and goals for the drama department. There was a breakdown internally in communicating this, which resulted in the circulating of misinformation which is unfortunate for all involved – our district, our students and Mrs. Hansen.
“On behalf of the district, I want to thank Mrs. Hansen for the success she achieved during her tenure in growing the participation of the drama department, and for the powerful impact she made in the lives and development of many Loveland students. We have heard from parents and students expressing support and appreciation for Mrs. Hansen’s dedication, and everyone’s goal is the progress of the drama department.”
Hansen and school administrators together concluded the separation was the best course for the new direction the school intends to take.
“My time working with the staff, the students and parents at Loveland has been deeply fulfilling, and I appreciate all of the energy they brought to the performances we brought to life together,” said Sonja Hansen. “As my background is in choreography