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School district brain trust to be reorganized

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FRANK J. SCHULTZ
June 20, 2009
— Superintendent Karen Schulte, facing the loss of some top administrators, will propose a reorganization of the Janesville School District’s leadership to the school board Tuesday.

The result would mean five directors reporting directly to Schulte instead of four.


Schulte would make the changes with new hires and promotions.


Steve Salerno, director of administrative and human services, is leaving June 24 to take a similar job in La Crosse. Doug Bunton, director of business services, is retiring.


Schulte said she wants her leadership team to reflect both a deep knowledge of the district and new ideas. She will recommend that:


--Schulte take over Salerno’s job of being chief negotiator in contract talks with the teachers union.


The negotiating team is well versed in labor negotiations, “but I think they need a leader at the helm,” Schulte said.


--The student services department be divided in two. Marge Hallenbeck and Barb Hilliker would be promoted to directors to lead the new departments.


Hilliker, now coordinator of special education, would become director of special education.


Hallenbeck, now coordinator of student services, would be director of at-risk and multicultural programs.


They would keep their old duties and gain additional ones, Schulte said. The pay for Hilliker and Hallenbeck would be boosted to the level of high school principals with a pay range of $102,00 to $115,400.


Schulte said she hopes to pay for some of those salaries with federal stimulus dollars.


After two years, the district would review the functionality of the two new departments.


--The district hire a chief financial officer, probably before the end of July, to take over for Bunton. Eight people applied for that job. Four were interviewed, Schulte said.


Schulte is redefining the position with stronger emphasis on finance.


“In these hard economic times, we need creative ways to bring in revenue,” she said.


In the meantime, Steve Eichman, manager of transportation and purchasing, will fill in with help from comptroller Lauri Clifton and maintenance supervisor Dave Leeder.


--Angel Tullar, manager of employee relations, fill in for Salerno until a new director of administrative and human services is hired.


“She is very knowledgeable, very ready and willing to do that. She’ll be great,” Schulte said.


Schulte said interviews for Salerno’s position would begin in July.


--Donna Behn remain director of instruction.



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