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Meeting Preview: School Board to Assign Firm to Find New Superintendent

Closed session will start meeting, but a vote in open session will be taken to assign a firm to find a replacement for Dr. Joe Schroeder

The Muskego-Norway School District Board continues its 'tour' and will convene Monday night at at 7:30 p.m.

The meeting opens only to go into closed session as the board discusses signing on with a search firm to find candidates for the upcoming vacancy in the superintendent's office. Dr. Joe Schroeder will be leaving at the end of June to take the associate executive director's role at the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators.

A decision is likely on the 2012-2013 budget assumptions, which involve what the district can do to address facilities renovations and repairs as well as what shifts in funding can mean to the tax levy. Business director Scot Ecker has cautioned that any numbers are preliminary, however an earlier memo indicated a 4.89 percent hike in property taxes from the current year, despite a 4.21 percent decrease in expenditures predicted for 2012-2013.

In addition, the board will discuss and possibly take action on adopting a calendar for the 2012-2013 school year. Feedback from both parents and teachers was weighed on issues like time allotted for conferences, start of school dates, and the possibility of altering time off during the school year to support learning retention.

Lisa Pelowski Leszczynski February 06, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Doesn't surprise me at all - the work that went to referendum still needs to be done - now the school district will do the work a bit at a time over the years and raise the tax rate to account for the monetary need. The referendum was a transparent way to raise all the money at once, with a low interest rate - now the work will be paid for in the way our laws allows - via an allowable tax increase.
Denise Konkol (Editor) February 07, 2012 at 12:13 AM
I will await the large crowds tonight that will object to the raising of taxes, and the fact that there will have been 3 closed session meetings prior to open discussion. Stay tuned.
obtw February 07, 2012 at 01:01 AM
"In sarcasm, ridicule or mockery is used harshly, often crudely and contemptuously, for destructive purposes" Would that be you Denise?
Denise Konkol (Editor) February 07, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Guilty in some respects....call it a hanging softball that I couldn't resist. Not destructive, though, but the response last night was surprisingly dull. It does beg the question why these arguments against secret meetings aren't applied uniformly.
obtw February 07, 2012 at 06:08 PM
I'm a believer in that it takes intelligence to effectively use sarcasm. And recognize it. So, one for both of us :).

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