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Longtime Janesville school official is candidate for Stevens Point superintendent

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FRANK J. SCHULTZ
May 24, 2008
— Steve Johnson of the Janesville School District is one of two candidates for the job of superintendent of the Stevens Point School District.

The Stevens Point School Board on Tuesday is scheduled to interview Johnson and Michael Shimshak, district administrator for the Lodi School District.


The board then will decide how it wants to proceed.


The board reviewed all the applications and chose the two candidates to interview, but they are not considered finalists, said Renae Sheibley, the board’s vice president.


The position remains posted, and the board could decide to interview others, although it has no other interviews scheduled, Sheibley said.


A new superintendent would replace Bette Lang, who retires June 30.


Lang is the former superintendent of the Beloit public schools and is the wife of Janesville schools Superintendent Tom Evert.


The board believes Lang is leaving a district that is in very good shape, and board members’ primary goal is to find someone who will help the district progress even further, Sheibley said.


“So we’re not in a hurry just to fill the vacancy. We want the right fit,” Sheibley said.


Johnson, 59, has been director of human resources for the Janesville district for 22 years. He became the supervisor of the district’s principals about 13 years ago. His title is director of human and administrative resources.


“I spent all these years in education; I’ve had the opportunity to work for some outstanding educators—two really great superintendents—and I’ve learned a lot from them, and I’d like the opportunity to make use of that knowledge and the abilities I’ve developed over the years,’’ Johnson said.


“These are certainly challenging times to be a superintendent, and I think one of the things that characterizes me is, I respond well to challenges,” Johnson said.


Johnson said he likes his present position, saying he has an excellent staff and good people to work with, but he also likes the prospect of a new challenge.


“It’s a win-win situation,” Johnson said.


The Stevens Point district serves about 7,500 students in nine elementary schools, two junior high schools, one senior high school and one alternative high school.


The Janesville School District serves just over 10,000 students.



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