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Two tapped for top school positions in Janesville

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FRANK J. SCHULTZ
July 11, 2009
— Superintendent Karen Schulte on Friday named two people to fill vacancies in her leadership team for the Janesville School District.

The school board will take up Schulte's recommendations Tuesday.


Schulte recommends Steve Sperry, the principal of Edison Middle School, to be the new director of administrative and human services.


She recommended Keith Pennington to be the new chief financial officer. Pennington was CFO at Rosecrance Health Network in Rockford, Ill., from 2000 until April 2009, according to a district news release.


Schulte said she'd begin a nationwide search for a new Edison principal. She said she hopes to get "a good number of minority candidates" because she is committed to diversifying district teachers and administrators to match the growing diversity of students.


Schulte wasn't sure a new principal could be appointed by the time school starts Sept. 1. She said she would consider appointing an interim principal.


Sperry was an industrial-education and special-education teacher before becoming assistant principal of Parker High School. He has been at Edison since 2004. He holds a doctorate in educational administration.


One other finalist for the position was Heidi Schmidt, district administrator in Fall River.


Sperry would receive a salary of $124,900.


Pennington holds a master's degree in business administration and is a certified public accountant.


Another finalist for the CFO position was Karen Gagliano, a business director at a school district in Tennessee, Schulte said.


Pennington would earn a $124,500 salary.


On the agenda


The Janesville School Board meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Educational Services Center, 527 S. Franklin St. Items on the agenda include:


-- Vote on a recommended 10-cent-per-meal increase in student lunch prices.


-- Discussion of the district's one-year moratorium on the All-City Sing.


-- Presentation and discussion of the impact of state budget cuts on the district budget.


-- A presentation about the district's bid and procurement processes.



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