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Janesville School District selects new director

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Gazette Staff
June 19, 2010
— An educator from Milwaukee is being recommended to be the next director of at-risk and multicultural programs for the Janesville School District.

The school board will consider the recommendation when it meets Tuesday.


Superintendent Karen Schulte recommends Yolanda Williams for the job.


Williams has been principal of Jared C. Bruce Academy, a private school in Milwaukee that has participated in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program, for the past two years. She taught middle school for the Milwaukee Public Schools from 1998 to 2007.


Williams holds a doctorate in instructional leadership from National-Louis University.


Like her predecessor, she has a background in social work, including with the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare in 1997-98.


The recommendation calls for a salary of $105,622 for a one-year contract that starts July 1.


Superintendent Karen Schulte created the director position a year ago, elevating Marge Hallenbeck from coordinator of student services. Hallenbeck is retiring.


“Following a review of funding in June 2011, a determination will be made as to whether this position will remain a director or return to a coordinator position,” according to a district news release.


The district reports 35 applied for the job. Three were interviewed.


Other finalists were Lori Hummel Eckert, a vice president at Forward Janesville, and DeWayne Street, the education director for the state Department of Corrections.


Williams was a finalist but was not chosen for two other district jobs—assistant principal at Parker and Craig high schools.



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