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Bay’s staff search in high gear

by Chris Schultz

June 13, 2013

WILLIAMS BAY — In the middle of a project to determine whether the community will support a new elementary school, Williams Bay School Board members are now caught up in a search for a new superintendent and junior/senior high school principal.

Still, Dianna Woss, school board president, said she expects the board members to follow through "with a lot of hard work."

She said the search for two new administrators will not interfere with the board's work on the elementary school.

The board plans to hire an interim superintendent first and then settle on a junior/senior high school principal, Woss said.

Board members Lynne Landgraf and Cheryl Beinetti led the search process for an interim superintendent.

Board members Jim Pfeil and Rebecca Boggs coordinated the search for a new principal.

Appeals were sent out to district residents for persons willing to serve on the selection committees for the new administrators.

Woss said the district already has about 90 applicants for the principal's position. She said that she did not have a count for the superintendent's position. The district is accepting applications only until Friday.

The board will review the applications and select finalists.

She said the current schedule calls for interviews of interim superintendent candidates to begin by June 27. The board should have the new interim superintendent on board by the school district's annual meeting, scheduled for July 22.

Interviews for the principal's position should start by July 2. Woss said the school board plans to have the interim superintendent assist in selecting the new principal.

Superintendent Vance Dalzin and Principal Barry Butters both submitted their resignations during the May 20 school board meeting.

At the meeting, Dalzin announced that he was selected by the Fox Point-Bayside School Board as that district's new superintendent.

According to the Fox Point-Bayside schools website, Dalzin was the unanimous choice of the Fox Point-Bayside board at its May 17 meeting.

The Fox Point-Bayside School District serves about 950 students in 4K through eighth grade in its two schools.

Dalzin said the Fox Point-Bayside position was an opportunity he could not ignore.

Taking the job at Fox Point-Bayside did not indicate any unhappiness with Williams Bay, the schools, staff or board, he said.

Butters resigned to take a position outside of public education with Precision Plus Inc., Elkhorn.

Butters said he will establish education and training procedures in manufacturing for Precision Plus employees. He said he will be involved in recruitment, as well.

Butters also said he was leaving with some reluctance.

But he said that starting with Act 10, there are rules and regulations coming down from the state that will make it difficult for him to continue as principal.

Their resignations take effect June 30, although Dalzin has promised to stay on as a consultant with the district for its on-going elementary school project.

The board began setting criteria for their replacements that same week.

Dalzin and Butters both started in the Williams Bay district in August 2011. Butters took over for long-time principal Dan Bice, who retired after 21 years as principal, and Dalzin replaced Superintendent Fred Vorlop, who left after eight years.

Woss said both Dalzin and Butters had been open with the board about their seeking positions elsewhere.