THIS SEARCH WILL BE CONFIDENTIAL TO THE EXTENT POSSIBLE
Superintendent of Schools
Wausau School District
415 Seymour Street
Wausau, Wisconsin 54403
When people think about the Wausau School District words like solid and stable come to mind as well as responsive, innovative, creative, and progressive. For more than 100 years the Wausau School District has been recognized as an instructional leader in central Wisconsin, across the state, and throughout the nation.
Located in central Wisconsin, Wausau is surrounded by woods, lakes, and hills and offers big-city amenities and small-town hospitality. Four seasons of outdoor recreation, a thriving arts community, entertaining festivals and events, and diverse shopping and dining are some of the many things to discover in the Wausau area.
The Wausau School District serves 8,400 students in PreK through Grade 12 in an urban area with a metro population of 134,000 and is the 13th largest school district in the state of Wisconsin. The District is comprised of four, 4K Learning Academies (located within four elementary schools) that are specifically designed to meet our youngest learners’ educational and emotional needs by offering research-based curriculum that contains a combination of structured and play-based activities designed to be fun and engaging. These 3 and 4 year old children advance to our 13 neighborhood elementary schools for personalized learning in kindergarten through grade 5, and then enter our two middle schools for grades 6 through 8, and then our two high schools for grades 9 through 12. Our high schools offer a full complement of core and encore courses, an array of prestigious International Baccalaureate (IB) and Advanced Placement (AP) classes, and a host of career and technical educational classes from woods to graphics, broadcast studios, metal manufacturing, and automotive/diesel mechanics that feature state-of-the art equipment.
Wausau School District offers many other educational opportunities for students who reside within the District’s 258 square miles, such as: Wausau Area Montessori Charter School that serves students in kindergarten through grade 6 with the use of Montessori principles, including experiential learning and individualized instruction; Wausau Area Virtual Education or WAVE, which is a full-time online option for students in grade 6 through 12, allows for up to two face-to-face classes in the District schools as well as participation in athletic and extracurricular activities; Enrich, Excel, Achieve Learning Academy serves students in grades 6 through 12 who find success in a setting other than the traditional middle and high school setting; the Alternative High School serves students age 16 years or older who find success in a setting other than the traditional high school setting; and Wausau Engineering & Global Leadership Academy serves students in grades 9 through 12 who have an interest in a project-based curriculum with an overall emphasis in engineering, mathematics, science, technology, and global leadership studies.
We also boast two more priceless gems for students to experience and explore at all grade levels: the Wausau School Forest and the Wausau School District Planetarium. The School Forest is located on the banks of the Wisconsin River and has been a part of the District’s curriculum since 1942. The forest of pine and hardwoods, covering more than 400 acres, is a classroom unlike any other. Our recently updated Planetarium is a world-class, state-of-the-art theater, and a component to both core and encore classes during the school day, with a variety of public programs offered on nights and weekends.
The ethnicity of our students represents White, Asian, Hispanic, Black, American Indian, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, and two or more races. Approximately 45% of our students receive free and reduced price meals with the range of percentages by school spanning 15% to 73%.
Wausau School District employs 1,285 full and part-time employees spanning these groups: teachers, municipal, paraprofessionals, maintenance and custodial, school nutrition services, and administration. The District comprises nine municipalities including the City of Wausau; the Towns of Berlin, Hewitt, Rib Mountain, Stettin, Texas, Wausau; and the Villages of Brokaw and Maine.
The Wausau School District is governed by a nine-member Board of Education. Board members are elected at-large by citizens of the District and serve overlapping terms of three years each. The Board of Education is empowered to select the Superintendent of Schools as its chief executive officer and is responsible for establishing policies that govern the operation of the District.
The Superintendent of Schools serves as the District’s chief executive officer and is responsible to bring reports and recommendations on the work of the District to the Board of Education. The Superintendent is to provide leadership to improve student learning by developing a collective District vision and shaping District culture; develop procedures for working with the Board of Education to define mutual expectations; articulate District purpose and priorities to the community and align constituencies in support of District priorities; demonstrate executive leadership by establishing operational plans and processes; oversee the design of effective curriculum, instruction, and assessment systems; implement an instructional management system to maximize student outcomes; apply effective staff development, supervision, and evaluation models; and understand and model appropriate value systems, ethics, and moral leadership.
The mission of the Wausau School District is to advance student learning, achievement, and success. Our work and mission are further supported by Our Shared Key Interests:
- Advance student learning, achievement, and success by keeping it at the heart and as the filter for our decision making.
- Utilize research-based curricula that reflects 21st Century themes and applications and are responsive to the needs and potential of all students, preparing them for a global society.
- Provide real-life, diverse learning opportunities with practical applications in the classroom and beyond.
- Inform and engage the community in shaping educational strategy and formulating responses to change.
- Attract, retain, and develop a high quality, diverse, creative, and innovative workforce of leaders.
- Provide safe, secure, flexible, inviting, and well-maintained environments that nurture student well-being and enhance teaching and learning.
- Identify, integrate, and expand technology to foster adaptability and maximize learning for all.
- Foster mutually beneficial partnerships and collaborations that expand learning opportunities and resources.
- Hold or be eligible to hold Wisconsin licensure as a School District Administrator or Superintendent of Schools.
- Significant and successful administrative experience.
- 13th largest district in the state of Wisconsin.
- Annual budget is $100 million.
- District families speak 34 languages
Salary Offered: Regionally Competitive
Advisors to the Board:
SCHOOL EXEC CONNECT
Dr. Miles Turner 608-630-5616 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. James Shaw 262-909-8904 email@example.com
Search Calendar: Accepting applications through December 15, 2017.