O'Bryan to be New Principal at Lake Denoon; Tess Corners, Mill Valley Will Have Slots to Fill

Linda O'Bryan will take the helm at Lake Denoon, leaving her post at Mill Valley, and the board introduces Ken Dunbar as MHS associate principal; two more administrators are now being sought for Tess Corners, Mill Valley.

In what seems to be a continual cycle of promotions and new hires, the Muskego-Norway School District announced that principal of , Linda O'Bryan, will become the new principal at as of July 1. The board approved her appointment at a salary of $106,792.

O'Bryan first arrived in the district serving at , and was part of the opening staff at Lake Denoon Middle School.

She told the school board Monday night that the new position was "an incredible honor."

In addition, Bob Antholine recently resigned as associate principal at and it was announced that Ken Dunbar, who has been in the Plymouth, WI school district for 12 years, would take his place. The board approved his appointment as well on Monday night at a salary of $88,455.

O'Bryan's appointment will obviously leave an open position at Mill Valley, and with the recent announcement that principal Kelly Kluck will be resigning from Tess Corners Elementary, the job of finding administrators continues. O'Bryan is replacing Ryan Oertel, who is taking on the job of MHS principal. Oertel's appointment came at the last board meeting, with a $112,000 salary. Dennis Bussen had that post until his promotion to assistant superintendent, replacing Kelly Thompson, who is filling the position of superintendent. Bussen will receive $117,877 per year and Thompson was earlier approved at a salary of $158,500.

Joe Schroeder will be leaving the district as its superintendent after five years, taking a position with the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators.

G. Whitehaus June 20, 2012 at 03:27 PM
I find it curious that well compensated administrators seem to be bailing out of MNSD. Perhaps they are not enthused about the new incoming superintendent?
Denise Konkol (Editor) June 20, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Actually, we've only lost one. Joe Schroeder. It's been a series of promotions from within, if you follow the sequence. I don't know that you can make that assumption about Bob Antholine @ MHS.
G. Whitehaus June 20, 2012 at 05:24 PM
I was including the TC principal in my comment. She was only with MNSD one year.
Simple Bacon June 20, 2012 at 07:52 PM
I agree with there being a "continual cycle of promotions...". Muskego Elementary has had at least 4 Principals in 5 years. I'd like to know if the school board considers the impact of constant turn over on the leadership at the schools. It's almost like being a Principal is what you do until the job at the District opens up (or is created).
G. Whitehaus June 21, 2012 at 03:19 AM
The taxpayers of MNSD need to be more vigilant with what goes on over on Woods Road (the ESC). Cronyism runs wild in school districts. Everything from hiring, to promotions, to building repairs and remodelling. It's our $$$. The purpose of schools is not to manufacture jobs for someone's relative or college chum.
William June 24, 2012 at 01:44 PM
G. Whitehaus June 24, 2012 at 03:36 PM
I was shocked to learn that Thompson, O'Bryan, Dunbar, Bussen and Oertel will all make more than Muskego's mayor will ($66K) per year. The MNSD administration has made it a policy to hire youger teachers at a lower wages. Maybe the school board should extend that to administrators.
The Anti-Alinsky June 24, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Administrators are positions of leadership. Do you want to hire someone fresh out of college to become a principal? How much respect do you think that person is going to get from teacher's that have had 10, 20 or 30 years of experience?
G. Whitehaus June 24, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Some of our country's finest in leadership are fresh out of college. They're called soldiers. My point was that comparing the top administrator of a city to a vice principal, MNSD is top heavy in compensating its administrators. As regards to respect from teachers, how much do you think they will have for a superintendent who never was a teacher?
Clearvision June 24, 2012 at 11:18 PM
The personnel to whom you refer all have Phd. behind their names. That means they have Dr. in front of their names. It is now more important than ever to have well educated people providing direction for MNSD. What many people do not realize is, if our school system falters or fails, the city as whole will suffer geatly. Anyone starting or contemplating on startng a family is faced with many difficult decisions including, where to raise their children. The most important variable to that question is, how well does the school system perform. A poor performing school system will shake the very foundation of a community, no matter how well the Mayor or any other elected official performs their job. I cannot think of anyone who would want their children to be poorly educated. To retain these people they must be properly compensated. That beutiful 4-5 bedroom house that you will one day outgrow will be very difficult to sell if the school district is receiving a failing grade. This is simple economics,something I hope they are teaching in the high school.
Denise Konkol (Editor) June 25, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Wanted to clarify that as the article is written, we haven't included "Dr." in front of Dennis Bussen's, Kelly Thompson's or Joe Schroeder's name. AP style discourages it unless they are medical doctors (not that I agree with that call at all). I apologize if the omission was confusing.
The Anti-Alinsky June 25, 2012 at 03:24 AM
Braasch, Eisenhower, MacArthur and Bradley weren't just handed five stars and told to lead. Their leadership skills evolved during their time of service. I hate to use an old Cliche, but you truly are comparing apples to oranges. With no disrespect to Mayors of Muskego, past and present, that essentially is the going rate for the mayor, otherwise the job would be open. Go see what other districts are paying. There are several out there, but I used one that the MacIver Institute create, http://wisconsinopengov.org/ It's not the quickest to use, but I compared Muskego to some of our neighbors, school districts about the same size. Average Prinicpal Salary Muskego-Norway-107,006 New Berlin - 112,489 Greenfield - 108,376 Mukwonago - 113,045 Elmbrook - 110,544 Arrowhead - 116,372 District Administrator: Muskego-Norway- 151,956 New Berlin - 162,724 Greenfield - 157,804 Mukwonago - 153,486 Elmbrook - 152,073 Arrowhead - 153,078 I just selected a few at random. The fact the Muskego is lowest is incidental, I am sure if I dug further I could find a few that pay a few thousand lower per year. The point is District Administraors and Prinicipalships are totally different from Mayors. If we want a good school system, we need to be willing to pay appropriate salaries!
G. Whitehaus June 25, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Let me clarify my point, comrades. While MNSD has trimmed staff and changed insurance carriers for their employees because of Act 10, PERHAPS administration costs could be reduced as well. I agree 100% with Simple Bacon's statement that being a principal is like a holding area until you get a position at the ESC. I expect the next thing to be heard is, like New Berlin, the janitors are being eliminated at MNSD and a cleaning service brought in (to save $$$)
G. Whitehaus June 25, 2012 at 07:18 PM
I don't think John Menard or Craig Culver have Phd's behind their names, but I bet they'd do pretty well running a school district.
The Anti-Alinsky June 25, 2012 at 08:06 PM
John Menard and Craig Culver do "pretty well" running businesses, but running a school is a whole different animal. That's not to say they couldn't, but your focus and goals are totally different. Your statement is like saying Senator Ron Johnson could run a retail establishment like Menards. It's a different business model and different strategies like sales, marketing and delivery of goods. Again, not to say he couldn't just that it's not the same business!
The Anti-Alinsky June 25, 2012 at 08:10 PM
OK, how do you plan on reducing administrative costs without losing good administrators? And are you knocking saving money by out sourcing cleaning? If it's possible to save money without losing services, it should be something to look at!
Lisa June 26, 2012 at 12:59 PM
I would like to know if Kelly Kluck gave a reason for her resignation. Was it family reasons or other? Did she go to another district or have another job lined up? I do find it odd that some of the schools in MNSD have lost principals so frequently.


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