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Sevastopol Superintendent Search Adds Third Candidate

The superintendent search for Sevastopol school had a bit of a roller-coaster start.

Two days after interviewing six candidates, the Sevastopol School Board on May 30 released the names of two finalists: Randi Anderson and Steve Lutzke. Then, the morning of June 4, the district office announced a third candidate, Ron Rivard, currently the principal and curriculum director of Randall Consolidated School District J1, Burlington, Wisconsin. 

On Saturday, June 1, the school board suddenly announced a special meeting Monday, June 3 in closed session for “further vetting” of the finalists for the position, according to board president Lisa Bieri. The board president told the Peninsula Pulse that additional information had been received about the candidates, so the board announced the special meeting. 

Bieri said as of early Monday, the interviews of all three finalists were on schedule for Wednesday, June 5, the day this issue of the Peninsula Pulse went to press.

The board selected finalists from a field of nine individuals and narrowed that down to three, all of whom have experience or certification for superintendency. 

Rivard earned his district administrator certification from Cardinal Stritch and Concordia Universities in Wisconsin. Anderson has held previous superintendent jobs – including service at Shawano from 2019 until her resignation in 2022 – and is a curriculum and planning consultant for Leading Transformative Solutions. Lutzke – currently the interim district administrator at Evansville Community School south of Madison – has 16 years of experience as superintendent.

Wisconsin Association of School Boards search consultant Patti Vickman – a retired Southern Door schools superintendent – is assisting with Sevastopol’s search process. 

This Wednesday’s interview process was scheduled to include a tour of the school, an interview with a stakeholder team comprised of students, staff, administrators, parents, and community members, and a final interview with the school board.

Board president Lisa Bieri said the board may make its decision on the night of June 5. The new superintendent will take office on July 1, replacing Kyle Luedtke, who resigned earlier this year, effective June 30, to become the superintendent of the Frederic School District in northwestern Wisconsin.

To learn more about the candidates from our online version of the story, go to doorcountypulse.com.

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