Two principals to leave Janesville School District

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Monday, December 13, 2010
— The Janesville School District will be looking for new principals to replace two who are leaving at the end of the school year.

Marlene Novota, Harrison Elementary School principal and former Franklin Middle School assistant principal, is taking early retirement, the district announced.

Jay Pica, principal of Kennedy Elementary School, is resigning at the end of the school year.

Novota has been with the district since 1995. She was at Franklin for eight years and spent another eight years as principal at Harrison.

Novota came to the district after 18 years of teaching middle school in the Kinnikinnick Public Schools in Roscoe, Ill.

Pica has been with the district since 2002. He was assistant principal at Marshall Middle School for seven years and will have completed two years as principal of Kennedy Elementary.

Pica taught previously in Oregon, Portage and Panama City, Fla.

"I am pursuing a position that will allow me to work closer to my home," Pica is quoted as saying. "This will allow me to participate more in my children's schools and sports activities. As an educator I know the importance of parent involvement in the lives of their children. I want to be able to give my children what I expect from the parents I work with."

Pica lives in Sun Prairie.

Superintendent Karen Schulte thanked both principals for their service. She noted Novota's contributions in the area of curriculum and instruction and Pica's expertise in math and curriculum.

The school board is expected to accept the resignation and retirement when it meets Tuesday.

The board also will accept the retirement of Ron Shuler, a math/reading teacher at Marshall Middle School, effective Jan. 21, 2011. Shuler will have served 29.5 years in the district.

Also on the board's agenda is the resignation of Rick Lehman, assistant principal at Parker High School, effective June 23. As previously reported, Lehman is losing his job because one-half of a position was cut at each high school for budgetary reasons and because of declining enrollments.

Last updated: 3:50 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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