Southern Door Superintendent Patricia Vickman announced she will retire at the end of the school year.
A 1972 Southern Door graduate, Vickman will step down after 45 years in education and nine years serving as Superintendent for the Southern Door School District.
“Mrs. Vickman’s high standards and expectations have moved our district forward and set us on pace for being a destination school,” said Southern Door School Board President Penny Price.
Vickman has steered the school district through several referendums, including a significant building project which renovated the elementary and middle schools into safe, secure and modern learning spaces.
A press release from the school lauded her for leading a district known for its many innovations, including classes and programs designed to help students graduate college, career and community ready.
“I have had the opportunity to grow personally and professionally as an educator, working side by side with some wonderful staff, board members, and community partners,” Vickman said. “Together we have always kept the mission of our district at the forefront – doing what we considered was best for the education of our students, in partnership with their families,” Vickman said. “We overcame a lot of challenges and saw some great successes in academics, the arts, athletics, and other school activities. That was only possible because of the belief you all had in me as your leader. For this I will be forever grateful.”
Vickman was named Wisconsin Rural Superintendent of the Year in 2015. In addition to her leadership at Southern Door Schools, she serves as a board member for many local and state organizations.
The Board of Education will be taking steps to begin a search process.