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Southern Door Board Selects 6 Superintendent Candidates

Community Involved in Survey, Interviews

The Southern Door County School Board reviewed 20 application packets and selected six candidates to interview in its search for a superintendent.

Also during its Jan. 31 retreat, the board compiled a list of names for two, 13-member interview panels to meet with three candidates starting Feb. 5, and three more on Feb. 7, said Penny Price, board president.

Each of the six – if all agree to the interview times – will rotate from one panel to the next. Teachers, administrators and community volunteers or community members recruited by the board make up the  larger panels, along with Colleen Timm, CESA 7 Administrator. 

The seven school board members make up the third panel. The board will conduct second-round interviews Feb. 12 with two or three finalists, Price said.

“We had a very healthy candidate pool,” Price said. “I was thrilled about going through the applications. We have amazing people that want to come work at Southern Door.”

Neither Price nor Interim Superintendent Tony Klaubauf would say if all the candidates are from Wisconsin or if any are currently employed in the district.

Survey: What Stakeholders Want in a Superintendent

The board and CESA 7 director conducted a community-input meeting in early December and conducted a survey, releasing results on Jan. 9.

Of the 172 respondents, parents made up 40%; school employees, including those who have children in the district or another district made up another 47%; residents without children in the district made up 12%;  with single responses coming from individuals who specifically identified themselves as a student, a school retiree and a former school employee.

This screenshot shows one result from a survey of community members and educators as part of Southern Door County School’s superintendent search, prior to the board selecting six candidates.
Source: sdsd.k12.wi.us/superintendent_search

Survey results showed 38% wanted a superintendent with a servant-leadership style, 29% wanted a superintendent to collaborate with staff before making decisions, and 23% wanted a leader who had a democratic style, consulting with others but making final decisions.

Only 12% said the next superintendent “should make only minimal changes” for the district, while 69% want to see some changes, and more than 18% wanted a superintendent who’d make major transformations.

Most respondents said they wanted a superintendent who had some experience as a school administrator of some type, and they identified the top qualities for the next superintendent as shared decision making, organized, motivating, visible and visionary.

As for personal attributes, those surveyed identified integrity first, listening and accessibility second, and consistency third.

Staff members indicated that they wanted a superintendent who creates an atmosphere of trust and mutual respect.

Search updates and a link to the survey results appear sdsd.k12.wi.us/superintendent_search