Dan Nerad recently informed the School Board that, subject to Board approval, his choice to be the inaugural Deputy Superintendent/ Chief Learning Officer (DS/CLO) for the district is Sue Abplanalp, currently the assistant superintendent for elementary schools. Congratulations and best wishes to Sue on this critically important appointment. As I wrote earlier, The DS/CLO will be the second most important position in the district and will be responsible for a large portfolio, including the development and implementation of all curriculum, instruction and assessment-related programs.
I had the most contact with Sue when we both served on the district’s strategic planning committee, and I was impressed with her energy and her ideas. Along with her elementary school supervisory responsibilities, Sue has been the driving force behind the push for individual learning plans for all students and has also spearheaded the district’s planning for four-year-old kindergarten.
Sue’s prospective promotion has a bit of a domino effect. It will create a vacancy in the position of Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Schools, which the superintendent proposes to fill on an interim basis with Jennifer Allen, currently the district’s Director of State and Federal Government Programs. The vacancy that that appointment would create is in turn proposed to be filled on an interim basis by Sheila Briggs, who has most recently served downtown as elementary lead principal, a position that was eliminated as part of the recent administrative re-organization.
Jennifer Allen and Sheila Briggs would both serve in an interim capacity for the upcoming school year, since it is too late in the hiring cycle to fill those positions permanently for this year. I assume the permanent positions will be posted in the spring.
Two new principals have also been announced. Steve Guziewski, currently a physics teacher at Memorial (and a 2009 recipient of the national Presidential Scholars Program’s Teacher Recognition Award), will be the new principal at Crestwood. Kathy Costello, who has served as a principal in Green Bay and participated in the Wallace Foundation’s master principal project will take over the reins at Thoreau. Gompers is the sole remaining school without a principal in place for the coming year. We’re told that that position may be filled this week.
Of the remaining vacant administrative positions, Director of Professional Development and TAG Coordinator are the two that seem most likely to be filled next. That will leave Director of Early and Extended Learning, Director of Building Services, Assistant Director of Equity and Family Involvement, and General Counsel as the remaining vacancies.