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Internal candidate may lead Craig High

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Gazette Staff
May 8, 2010
— Superintendent Karen Schulte wants to promote Alison Spiegel from assistant principal to principal of Craig High School.

Schulte’s recommendation goes to the school board Tuesday night.


Spiegel has been a Craig assistant principal since 2005. Before that, she was an English and journalism teacher for six years at Park High School in Cottage Grove, Minn., according to a district news release.


Spiegel earned a doctorate in education from Edgewood College in 2009.


Spiegel would replace Principal Mike Kuehne, who will retire at the end of the school year.


Schulte cited Spiegel’s work at Craig in the news release: “Over the past five years, she has fostered respect and appreciation from the staff, families and community members of Craig High School. She is extremely knowledgeable in the fields of administration and interpersonal relations and has a strong desire to have a positive impact on students and staff.”


Schulte also cited Spiegel’s work on the teacher-contract negotiations team and committees that address truancy, safe schools, English as a second language and disproportionately low academic performance of minority students.


Spiegel would receive a salary of $108,929 for a 52-week contract, which would begin July 1.


Thirty-one people applied for the job. The list was narrowed to four finalists. The other three finalists were Dan Keyser, assistant principal at Janesville Parker High School; Vance Dalzin, principal of Whitewater High School; and David Moyer, assistant superintendent of Community High School District 117 in Illinois.


On the agenda

The Janesville School Board will meet at 6:30 p.m.—a change from previous starting times—on Tuesday, May 11, at the Educational Services Center, 527 S. Franklin St.


The agenda includes:


-- Continued discussion of the 2010-11 budget.


-- Discussion regarding appointment of a school board liaison to the Janesville Area Council-PTA.


-- A closed session to confer with legal counsel concerning the district’s civil suit against former district information-technology chief Brandon Keirns, who also faces criminal charges for allegedly defrauding the district.


-- A closed session to discuss contract negotiations with the teachers union, including possible approval of “items presented with regard to the Janesville Education Association for the 2009-11 contract.”



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