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Johnson named Stevens Point superintendent

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Catherine W. Idzerda
May 31, 2008
— The Janesville School District’s second-in-command is leaving to take a job in Stevens Point.

Steve Johnson, 59, was picked as the new superintendent for the Stevens Point School District, according to a district news release.


Johnson has been director of human resources for the Janesville School District for 22 years; he became the supervisor of the district’s principals about 12 years ago. His official title is director of human and administrative resources.


Johnson will replace Bette Lang, who retires June 30.


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


Johnson was one of two finalists for the post. The other finalist was Michael Shimshak, Lodi School District superintendent.


“With two very strong candidates, Dr. Johnson was the best fit for the district,” school board Vice President Renae Sheibley said. “It was a unanimous decision to offer a contract.”


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 more than 10,000 students.


Evert said Johnson made significant contributions to the district and will be missed.


“Steve is the epitome of a dedicated and knowledgeable administrator,” Evert said. “He has served our district very well through difficult and good times over a 22-year period.”


Johnson is one of the state’s leading experts in human resources and personnel issues, Evert said.


“He has served as supervisor of the principals with determined leadership and in a caring way for the past 12 years,” he added. “We will miss ‘Dr. J.’”


The district soon will begin the search for Johnson’s replacement.


Johnson could not be reached for comment Friday.



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