Superintendent Searches

Six of the state's 10 largest school districts are searching for new leaders for the next school year, which could make it more difficult to fill those jobs.

Within the past week or so, superintendents of the Waukesha and Green Bay school districts said they would leave their posts by the end of the school year. Other superintendents to leave at the end of this school year include those in: Eau Claire, Kenosha, Madison and Racine.

Miles Turner is executive director of the Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators. He says larger school districts prefer candidates with experience in urban or larger school settings. And because so many districts will be looking, chances are they'll have to conduct nationwide searches for an adequate applicant pool.

Turner says Wisconsin may be at a disadvantage in recruiting from outside of the state because of program cuts in school systems and the possibility of state-imposed revenue caps on budgets.

He said similar openings in nearby states pay more than those in Wisconsin.

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