The school board will vote Monday night to approve the hiring of a new high school principal.

The board interviewed three candidates in closed session this week and has a verbal offer accepted by Bill Trow, an assistant principal at Guilford High School in Rockford, Ill.

The two other finalists out of 39 applicants were Scott Everson, assistant principal at Elkhorn Area High School, and Kellie Manning, principal of Washington Elementary in Waupun.

The vacancy is available because Steve Lutzke, high school principal and co-superintendent, will move one door down to become superintendent. Patrick Kennedy, the other co-superintendent, will retire.

The changes take effect July 1.

Trow visited the district this week and met with Lutzke, who said he would be excited to have Trow come on board.

"(He) spent a good hour with me," he said. "I'm more convinced after that hour that he's the right guy for the job."

The district will see another administrative change for the next school year in the elementary schools. Gloria Yaun will retire July 1 as principal of Orfordville Elementary and Newark Elementary schools.

Her replacement might not play the same role, however, because the position might be redefined depending on the chosen candidate, Lutzke said. Yaun's replacement will remain the Orfordville Elementary principal, but the position might be assigned other duties, such as curriculum director, he said. If that occurred, Footville Elementary Principal Mark Miller would assume the Newark Elementary principal role, he said.

A screening committee has narrowed the field of 55 applicants for the elementary principal position to seven candidates to interview on Tuesday and Wednesday, Lutzke said. The committee will recommend two or three finalists to the school board, which will interview them on March 30.

The board likely would offer a contract to a candidate that week. does not condone or review every comment. Read more in our Commenter Policy Agreement

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