Shorewood School Board announces top two finalists in superintendent search

May 11, 2012

The Shorewood School Board today announced the two top finalists in its superintendent search.

The two candidates for superintendent are Kirk Juffer, Ph.D., the principal of Lake Bluff Elementary School and districtwide Gifted and Talented director in the Shorewood School District and Martin Lexmond, superintendent of the Kohler Public School District and principal of Kohler High School in Kohler, Wis.

Juffer has been principal at Lake Bluff for 21 years and was previously the director of instruction at Holmen School District in Holmen, Wis. Before that, he served the School District of Richland Center for three years as a special-education teacher.

Lexmond has been the superintendent and principal at Kohler Public Schools for two years. Before that, he was the director of curriculum and instruction as well as the director of the department of school innovation at Milwaukee Public Schools. Before those positions, he taught in Denver and was an assistant principal and teacher at Milwaukee Public Schools.

Based on interviews with the board, these two candidates clearly stood out as the best fit to the Shorewood District profile. Both exhibited strong communication skills, high intellectual acumen and flexibility.

The community is invited to assist the School Board in assessing the candidates through participation in Community Sessions on May 15 for Martin Lexmond, and May 17 for Kirk Juffer. The schedule can be found on the School District website:

Community Session I: 8:45 to 9:30 a.m. at Shorewood Intermediate School, 3830 N. Morris Blvd.,

Room 122

Community Session II: 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. at the southwest entrance of Atwater Elementary School's

Early Education Center, 2100 E. Capitol Drive

Community Session III: 2 to 2:45 p.m. at Lake Bluff Elementary School, 1600 E. Lake Bluff Blvd.,

Room 216, Shorewood

Community Session IV for teachers, educational professionals and other interested community

members: 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. at Shorewood Intermediate School, 3830 N. Morris Blvd., Room 122

All community sessions will be moderated by community members.

Superintendent Search Process: The Shorewood District profile was created from criteria gathered from the start of the process through meetings and surveys with District stakeholders. The search firm, BWP and Associates, screened and selected six candidates from 40 applicants. The six were interviewed and asked questions by the board based upon the district profile. The School Board asked the same set of questions in the same order to keep the parameters equal among all interviews. Questions included such themes as collaboration in problem solving and the degree to which community, staff and student input is desired when implementing change. After completing interviews, the board has unanimously determined the two best candidates of all the applicants are Kirk Juffer and Martin G. Lexmond.

Though an RSVP is not required, advance notification of community member attendance at any or all of the sessions is requested to Kim Grady, assistant to the superintendent, (414) 963-6901 or email

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