Shorewood School District busy with hiring decisions

Interview panels set up for this week and next

June 5, 2013

Shorewood — The Shorewood School District will be busy with hiring-related activities this summer, as it prepares to undertake the process of filling three key district positions within the next two months.

In separate actions on Tuesday, the School Board approved the processes and timelines for hiring a district business manager, special education director and principal at Shorewood Intermediate School.

Both Anthony Strancke, who currently serves as Shorewood Intermediate School principal and special education director, and Mark Boehlke, the district's business manager, announced last month their resignations, effective June 30.

The district will hire two separate people to fill Strancke's dual role, beginning with an internal search that opens this week for the principal position.

Interview panels for the principal position will include two intermediate school students and likely one high school student, Superintendent Martin Lexmond said, with student government lunches also being conducted on Monday to gather student input. Debrief meetings with Boehlke and Strancke also will be conducted to help inform interview questions.

Interview panels for all three positions are being convened this week and the following week, with interviews for both the business manager and principal positions to be conducted the week of June 17. Under the approved schedules, a final candidate for those two positions would be recommended to the board on June 25, with the board to consider approving contracts on July 9.

Lexmond said he suspects the district will receive plenty of qualified internal candidates for the principal role at the intermediate school, but it is possible that the search would be opened up externally, in which case interviews and community input sessions for the position would be pushed back to mid-July, with a contract to be presented to the board for approval July 30.

The timeline for the special education director position begins slightly later, with the position to be posted June 10. Lexmond explained that hiring a full-time special education director is necessary due to the work load involved and the growing enrollment of the district's Special Education program.

Panel interviews and community input sessions for that position are scheduled to begin July 17. The final candidate would be recommended to the board July 30, and a contract considered for approval Aug. 6.

Due to the overlapping timelines for the hiring processes, board member Colin Plese urged the board to submit summer vacation schedules to the district as soon as possible.

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