The Milton Board of Education is close to announcing the finalists who will be interviewed for the school district’s top administrator job.
The school board convened Tuesday night during a special closed session meeting to narrow the field and begin notifying the top candidates. Interviews will be held on April 20.
Board President Rob Roy said 20 candidates completed all of the steps in the application process and the board will narrow that down to the top eight – six as finalists and two as alternate finalists.
The Wisconsin Association of School Boards (WASB), which was hired by the School District of Milton to recruit candidates, will contact the top six this week to see if they are interested in being interviewed for the position, as well as inform them that their names will become public.
“If anybody’s not comfortable with that and they want their name pulled from the process, one of the alternates would move up,” Roy said. “It will probably be the end of the week before WASB gets that all completed.”
Roy said the interviews on April 20 will be conducted by teams consisting of community members, school administrators, teachers and school board members. The groups will narrow the number of finalists to two, who will be brought back to be interviewed again by the board of education.
The board of education would then begin to negotiate a contract with their top pick for district administrator.
“It will be an inclusive process,” Roy said.
The board voted in January to use WASB’s recruiting services in an amount not to exceed $11,000 to help find a replacement for district administrator Michael Garrow.
In November 2012, Garrow submitted his “irrevocable resignation” from the district in an agreement he signed with the school board that becomes effective June 30. He is on an “approved leave of absence” with pay for the remainder of the school year.
Longtime Milton educator Theresa Rusch is serving as interim district administrator through June, when she plans to retire.
LAYOFF NOTICES ISSUED
With no discussion, the Milton Board of Education voted unanimously during its regular Monday night meeting to issue preliminary layoff notices to eight staff members as part of the staffing report.
The notices are being issued as part of a budget reduction plan approved by the school board in March. At its March 11 meeting, the board approved making $865,300 in cuts to address a projected $892,000 budget deficit.
The preliminary layoff notices went to three elementary school teachers, a support staff member and a teacher at the intermediate school, a middle school teacher and two high school teachers.
Roy said the layoffs were “not a sure thing” and that changes in the budget could affect which staff members will receive final layoff notices.