E-mails raise questions about superintendent
JANESVILLE Janesville Schools Superintendent Tom Evert has expressed interest in working for Studer Group after he retires June 30.
That fact came to light in documents released Monday.
Studer Group is the consulting firm that has been working with the district on an innovative project to improve district performance.
At Jan. 13 school board meeting, board President DuWayne Severson asked Evert whether any district employee had been looking for a job with Studer Group.
“Has that come up at all, that you are aware of?” Severson asked.
Evert answered, “No.”
The next day, Evert e-mailed Studer Group CEO Quint Studer about the meeting. The e-mail included this:
“He asked if we have people looking for jobs with Studer Group. I responded no. I have not had any School District of Janesville employee indicate they are looking for a job with Studer Group.”
Studer replied Jan. 27: “… you are correct at this time there are no discussions. In the spirit of transparency, many people are aware that early on, we had discussed your desire to someday do this type of work. … This was no secret in that I believe some were aware of these conversations for you discussed (them) with some board members. To my understanding we have not had any such discussions regarding employment for several months. Nor have you given any indication you have an interest.”
The documents released Monday also included an e-mail from Evert to Studer in October 2007 suggesting that Evert had been talking to Studer about a possible job.
Evert has been an enthusiastic supporter of the Studer effort, as has the school board. The idea was hatched when Evert bumped into Studer in summer 2007.
Evert told The Janesville Gazette on Monday that when he answered Severson’s question, he thought Severson was asking if anyone had currently been seeking employment.
Asked Monday whether any other district employee in the past had been interested in a job with Studer Group, Evert said he wasn’t aware of any.
Asked about any future job with Studer Group, Evert said he is open to exploring a variety of job opportunities in public education after he retires June 30.
The district released the documents after the Gazette requested them under the state’s Open Records Law.
The Gazette was not able to reach Studer on Monday for comment.