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Williams Bay names Whitewater principal to be superintendent

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Kevin Hoffman
August 20, 2011
— The Williams Bay School Board on Friday hired Whitewater High School Principal Vance Dalzin as its next district administrator, ending a one-month search just weeks before classes begin.

Dalzin will succeed Fred Vorlop, who abruptly announced his resignation in June in an email to school board members. Vorlop spent eight years in the district, and the board said he offered to assist in the transition to a new administrator.


Dalzin will officially assume the superintendent’s role Friday, Sept. 2.


“I was very impressed with a very thorough process they used to select the next superintendent,” Dalzin said Friday. “It’s evident that the school board, the administration and the staff in the district have done a really nice job of educating kids.


“I will miss the great faculty, staff and students at Whitewater High School, but I am excited about taking the next step in my professional journey.”


The school board and its new administrator are facing a rocky road financially.


The district was carrying a $600,000 deficit into the coming school year before making a wide range of cuts. These included layoffs, fee hikes and other cutbacks in order to close the budget gap.


It’s possible the district will revisit a failed referendum next year to try and exceed the state’s revenue cap and balance its budget.


Dalzin was a finalist this summer for Whitewater’s superintendent position, which was vacated by Suzanne Zentner. The district now must fill the vacated principal’s job.


Whitewater School Board President Chuck Nass said the board likely would have that discussion Monday in closed session.


Dalzin was chosen from three finalists as Williams Bay’s administrator, according to a news release.


Dalzin was principal at Whitewater High School for 12 years. He serves on the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators Board of Directors and teaches graduate courses at George Williams College of Aurora University in Williams Bay.


The board said in a news release it was impressed with Dalzin’s passion, vision and the skill set he brings to the district.



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