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Janesville School District director to retire

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FRANK J. SCHULTZ
March 30, 2010
— A top administrator in the Janesville School District will retire at the end of this school year, the district announced.

Marge Hallenbeck has been director of at-risk and multi-cultural programs for the past year. She also serves as principal of Rock River Charter School and the CRES Academy.


Hallenbeck started working for the district in 1994 as a social worker for the alternative program, or Al Pro, at Craig High School.


In 2001, Hallenbeck became coordinator of student services. In 2009, Superintendent Karen Schulte promoted Hallenbeck to her current position.


Part of Hallenbeck’s salary for the past year has been paid with money from the district’s federal stimulus grants. Schulte had divided the duties of the Student Services Department between Hallenbeck and Barb Hilliker, who was promoted to director of special education, also with stimulus money.


Stimulus funding is expected to run out next year.


Schulte was not in the district Monday and could not be reached for comment. Director of Instruction Donna Behn said Schulte and the directors have not yet discussed how the district’s administration might be reorganized after Hallenbeck leaves.


“Marge has served the students and families with her expertise in multi-cultural, social and economical disparities,” Schulte said in a prepared statement. “Her leadership skills, coordination of services and ability to bring together community resources have allowed the students of our district many opportunities.


“Marge’s ability to write grants, lead during times of crisis and reach out to students and families will be greatly missed.”



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