Update #5 on Superintendent Search
The search for a new Shorewood Superintendent is rapidly coming to a close. We should have a decision on the new school district leader in the next 10 days! The pace of the search process tends to accelerate in the last few weeks, and this year it overlaps with so much else going on in the school community—the SIS Principal search, the many important end-of-year activities and rituals, and more. All of this makes for a busy and exciting close to the school year. We have never had something quite like this, when we welcome a new superintendent and two new principals at about the same time. Everyone is eager to welcome, to work with and to support our new school leaders.
There were 51 candidates who expressed interest in our superintendent role. The search firm researched and reviewed all the candidates and selected eight for the School Board to consider for preliminary interviews. The Board then chose six candidates to invite for preliminary interviews; those interviews were held last week. Following these, the Board has chosen three candidates as finalists.
The three finalist candidates will each spend a day in our schools this week. The day will be very busy for the finalists as there are individual and group meetings with the administrative team, tours of each school, a community forum, and a final interview with the School Board. The three finalists, their current roles, and their planned day to visit are:
Dr. Dennis Pauli Superintendent, Edgerton, WI Tuesday, June 2
Dr. Bryan Davis Superintendent, Columbus, WI Wednesday, June 3
Dr. Kurt Schneider Asst. Supt. for Learning, District 181 Hinsdale, IL Thursday, June 4
A community forum is scheduled from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. each day in the SHS Library. The forum is designed for each finalist to introduce himself and respond to a series of questions to help community members get a sense of which candidate is the best fit for Shorewood. The questions have been developed from the Profile of the New Shorewood Superintendent and from information provided by the Community Survey, the eight focus groups, and discussions with administrators and School Board members. Dr. Jack Linehan, the search consultant and retired Shorewood Superintendent, will facilitate a question/answer session; Jack will ask the same questions of each candidate to sustain a fair and equitable setting.
Community members may email topics or questions to be considered, but please note that not all topics can be covered or in the detail that some may prefer. Dr. Linehan’s email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org He should receive those topics/questions by 3 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2nd if they wish to be included in the first and subsequent forums.
Community members will be able to communicate their observations about each candidate by use of a feedback form that will be available at each forum session, collected and shared with the School Board.
The next Superintendent Update to the community will likely introduce our new superintendent to you!
Monday June, 1, 2015
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