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New principal for Lincoln School recommended

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FRANK J. SCHULTZ
July 10, 2010
— An assistant principal from Rockford, Ill., is being recommended to become the new principal of Lincoln Elementary School in Janesville.

The Janesville School Board will consider the recommendation when it meets Tuesday.


Shawn Galvin would replace Rodonna Amiel, who retired June 30.


Galvin has been assistant principal at Lewis Lemon Elementary School in Rockford for the past year.


Galvin taught at Blackhawk Elementary School in the South Beloit (Ill.) School District from 2000-05 and at Haskell Year-Round Academy in Rockford from 2005-09.


Galvin holds two master’s degrees in education from National Louis University. He was chosen from a pool of 65 applicants, according to a news release. Six applicants went through initial interviews. Four finalists then were selected.


The finalists included two local teachers: Stephanie Pajerski, a teacher at Lincoln, and Jennifer Fanning, a teacher at Jefferson School.


The other finalist, Lisetta Venagas, withdrew from the process.


Galvin’s recommended salary is $87,994.


Also on the board’s agenda Tuesday is consideration of Charles “Charlie” Urness, who was previously announced as Superintendent Karen Schulte’s recommendation for the position of principal of Franklin Middle School.


Urness has been a middle school principal for the past nine years in Brodhead. He would replace longtime Principal Kim Ehrhardt, who is the new director of instruction.


The appointments of both Galvin and Urness are subject to release from their respective school boards. Both would begin work Aug. 12.


If you go

The Janesville School Board meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Educational Services Center, 527 S. Franklin St. Agenda items include:


-- A closed-session update on negotiations with the teachers union.


-- A closed-session discussion of a personnel matter “which, if discussed in public, would be likely to have a substantial adverse effect upon the reputation of a person involved in such problems or investigations.”


-- Acceptance of the retirement of Nancy Ramirez, a Spanish teacher at Craig High School, after 25 years in the district.


-- Reports on the Stateline Career and Technical Education Academy, a joint effort among several local school districts, and the CRES Academy, the district’s charter school for students returning from substance-abuse treatment.



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