Milton district head will retire next year
The Milton School Board accepted a resignation letter from Ekedahl in a closed session Monday. The retirement takes effect June 30, 2008.
Ekedahl has spent 25 of her 31 years as an educator with the Milton School District, including seven years as superintendent, according to a press release. She started at Johnstown Elementary School in 1977, teaching there and at Milton Middle School for nine years before moving to the Whitewater Unified School District.
She returned to Milton in 1992 as director of instruction.
“I want to be able to spend more time with my family and friends,” she said, “and it seemed like a good time to transition leadership at the district level as well.”
Ekedahl leaves the district during a time of growth, both in terms of students and facilities. At Monday’s school board meeting, she announced the district has received 100 new students this year according to the state Department of Public Instruction count. Milton has experienced similar growth over the last few years, she said.
To deal with its expanding student population, the district has proposed spending $60 million to $80 million to build a new high school. The school board approved an architectural firm to begin preliminary design work Monday but has not announced a date for a referendum yet.
The district has almost completed a $4.5 million expansion and renovation of Harmony Elementary School to accommodate growth on Janesville’s north and east sides.
Given the timing of her retirement, Ekedahl said she will be able to assist in the initial planning stages for a future construction project.
“Then the new superintendent will be part of the entire preparation, referendum and hopefully construction process,” she said.
The school board has formed a subcommittee of board members to choose a search firm to assist in hiring a new superintendent, board president Sue Johnson said.
The subcommittee will begin as soon as possible so that the district could hopefully have a decision by spring, she said. It was kind of Ekedahl to give the district plenty of time to allow board members to do a comprehensive search, she said.
“We’ve been very fortunate to have Peg Ekedahl in Milton, and we will greatly miss her,” Johnson said. “She’s been an endless amount of energy in the district.”