Update #6 on Superintendent Search
The three superintendent finalists each spent a full day in our community on June 2, 3, and 4. The visit provided an opportunity for each candidate to meet Shorewood school leaders, visit each school, connect with community members at a forum and participate in a second interview with the School Board.
The Finalists were:
Dr. Dennis Pauli, Superintendent from Edgerton, WI
Dr. Bryan Davis, Superintendent from Columbus, WI
Dr. Kurt Schneider, Assistant Superintendent from Hinsdale, IL
The School Board received helpful observations about each candidate from staff and community members through the feedback forms collected at the Forum and from administrators after the visits. Each day, over 50 people--parents, staff, and citizens --were able to hear each candidate make a brief presentation about himself, then respond to a dozen pre-set questions.
The School Board members held a second interview later in the day. Questions and conversation at this second interview became more focused on the Shorewood school community as the school board worked to determine which candidate would be the best “fit” as our new Superintendent.
The vetting process will continue over the next few days as the School Board narrows its focus from three candidates to just one. Typically, a school board determines which candidate is the best fit for our community, determine the “terms,” make a verbal offer to the candidate then have the district’s legal counsel draw up a contract and forward that contract to the candidate. The candidate then is likely to have an advisor review the contract before agreeing or asking for changes.
This process may take several days until an agreement is reached. Given the strong competition for quality school leadership, the importance of the superintendent role, and Shorewood’s expressed need for stability, the process needs to be done well and seen as favorable for all parties. The Board will be thoughtful stewards of the District resources, balancing the need for excellent leadership with the District’s ability to pay.
The School Board will continue to be engaged in the final stages of the selection process for much of this week and expects to name a new Superintendent of Schools on or before June 16. This has been a very busy and demanding time and we have had to accelerate the process given the time of year. But the search process has also been an opportunity to hear from Shorewood parents, staff, and citizens and to recommit to the education ethic for which the Shorewood community is well known.
Monday June, 8, 2015
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