Third principal leaving Janesville School District at year's end

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011
— A third elementary school principal has announced she will be leaving the Janesville School District at the end of the school year.

Wilson Elementary School Principal Becky Bicha said she will be moving to Colorado, where her husband has been appointed to be executive director of that state's Department of Human Services.

Reggie Bicha was secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families Services under Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle but lost that job when Republican Scott Walker was elected governor.

Bicha, the mother of three, said she would look for an elementary principal job in Colorado.

Bicha said she is pleased with the improvements in academic achievement, truancy and behavior at Wilson over the last three years. She credits a hardworking staff for making that happen and regrets she won't be around to see things improve.

Superintendent Karen Schulte praised Bicha as "a tireless champion for Wilson Elementary School, bringing in resources from a variety of places. She has made great strides in both student achievement and student discipline. Becky is creative, energetic and passionate about advocating for the needs of her school. She will be missed."

Also leaving at the end of this school year are Jay Pica, principal of Kennedy Elementary school, who will resign to take a job closer to his home, and Harrison Elementary School Principal Marlene Novota, who is retiring.

"As it currently stands right now, I don't have any reason to believe we're not filling those three positions," said Steve Sperry, director of administrative and human services.

The district also will have a vacancy at Parker High School, where Principal Steve Schroeder is retiring at year's end.

Sperry could not give a timeline for hiring new principals, but he said it would be beneficial to name replacements before the end of this school year.

Sperry said the district would solicit input from each school's staff to guide the choices, and staff members would have a role in interviewing and recommending candidates.

Last updated: 4:10 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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