Wilson School principal recommendation goes to school board

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011
— The new principal of Wilson Elementary School will be a Wilson teacher, if the school board agrees with Superintendent Karen Schulte’s recommendation.

Schulte recommends that Kimberli Peerenboom, the learning-support teacher at Wilson since 2009, become the principal.

Peerenboom would replace Becky Bicha, who resigned to move with her husband to Colorado.

The school board will consider the recommendation at its meeting June 28, the district announced Monday.

The district posted the principal openings at Wilson, Van Buren and Adams elementary schools together and received 64 applications, said Steve Sperry, director of human and administrative services.

Seven applicants were interviewed for the Wilson job. Three made the cut to be interviewed by a “peer interview team” at Wilson. The three finalists were Peerenboom; Lisa Peterson, Franklin Middle School assistant principal; and Lori Schultz, an elementary principal in the Sun Prairie district.

Sperry said candidates for the Adams School job will be interviewed Wednesday. The Van Buren School opening will be filled in a nontraditional way.

A lower-paid “building coordinator,” Stephanie Pajerski, will be assigned to Van Buren, and one or more district principals or other administrators will be assigned to guide Pajerski, Sperry said. Details have not been worked out.

Pajerski is now a kindergarten teacher at Lincoln Elementary School.

As reported earlier, two other elementary schools, Kennedy and Harrison, will be run with building coordinators and a principal to oversee them, as part of the district’s cost-savings moves. Principal Mike Kuehne will come out of retirement to oversee those schools.

The plan to oversee Kennedy and Harrison schools differs from the Van Buren plan. Sperry said the plans differ because the needs of those schools differ. The needs were determined in discussions with school staffs, but Sperry said he could not immediately describe the differing needs.

Schulte recommends that Peerenboom be paid an annual salary of $89,974.

Peerenboom worked as a special-education teacher in the Albany School District from 2001 to 2003, at Janesville’s Franklin Middle School from 2004 to 2007 and at Janesville’s Monroe Elementary School in 2008.

Peerenboom received her bachelor’s degree from UW-Whitewater and holds a master’s degree in educational leadership from Cardinal Stritch University.

Schulte said in the news release that Peerenboom “possesses a proven ability to work with all students, parents, and staff. She is focused on academic growth and has exemplary communication skills. In addition, she is highly recommended by staff, administration and others with whom she has worked.”

Last updated: 5:36 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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