Janesville principal promoted to school district director

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010
— Franklin Middle School will have a new principal next fall after 18 years under the guiding hand of Kim Ehrhardt.

Superintendent Karen Schulte is recommending that Ehrhardt become the district’s new director of curriculum and instruction.

The school board will take up the recommendation Tuesday night.

Ehrhardt would replace Donna Behn, is taking a similar position with the Verona School District.

Ehrhardt would officially take over July 1 with an annual salary of $124,900, according to a district news release.

The director of curriculum oversees student learning and achievement.

Ehrhardt came to the Janesville district 22 years ago. He was assistant principal at Franklin for four years before becoming principal.

His previous experience included being principal of St. Patrick’s Catholic School and Albany High School. He holds a doctorate in educational psychology from LaSalle University.

Ehrhardt is coordinator of music curriculum for Cardinal Stritch University in the area of graduate programs for educational leadership. He has been an adjunct faculty member at Cardinal Stritch and UW-Whitewater, teaching supervision and evaluation, differentiated instruction, theory, educational research and multiple intelligences.

Ehrhardt was named the district’s administrator of the year in 2004. He also received the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators’ Leadership Award.

“Dr. Ehrhardt is extremely knowledgeable in the fields of administration, interpersonal relations, curriculum and instruction,” Schulte said in the news release. “He possesses the experience, knowledge and leadership skills necessary to effectively lead the district in student learning and high student achievement. He is the right person to join my cabinet on our journey to excellence.”

Ehrhardt was chosen from among 24 applicants, according to the news release. Three applicants were interviewed.

The other finalists were Heidi Schmidt, district administrator in the Fall River School District, and Kimberly Strike, Midwest region program manager for Catapult Learning of Milwaukee.

Last updated: 1:55 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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