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Milton narrows superintendent field to two

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Catherine W. Idzerda
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
— A high school principal and a school superintendent are the finalists for the Milton School District superintendent job.

Mike Garrow, a high school principal in Mount Horeb, and Jeremy Biehl, the superintendent at the Hustisford School District, were chosen from a field of six, according to a news release.

"We are fortunate to have six excellent semi-finalists and are very pleased and excited to have both Mike and Jeremy take the next step in the interviewing process," board member Betsy Lubke said in the news release.

The current district administrator, Bernie Nikolay, is leaving the district for a job in Cambridge.

Nikolay lives in Cambridge, and his three children attend school there. His late father, George Nikolay, was the Cambridge schools superintendent for 20 years for 1970-90.

Garrow said he has held a number of positions after beginning his career in Clintonville as physical education and health teacher at the middle school.

He then moved to the middle school in Jefferson, where he juggled multiple roles at the middle school including dean of students, athletic director and teacher, he said.

At the same time, he was coaching at the high school level. He coached volleyball, gymnastics, track and cross-country, he said.

From Jefferson, he went to the Mount Horeb High School.

Garrow's education includes a bachelor's degree in health and physical education, certification in coaching and athletic training and a master's degree and doctorate in educational leadership. He is licensed for the positions of pupil services, director of curriculum and instruction and business leadership, he said.

Garrow said being a superintendent would be, in some ways, an extension of his love of teaching.

The job would give him "a chance to teach, to educate others," he said.

"It would expand the circle of influences, and make a good school district better," Garrow said.

Biehl was the principal of the middle/high school in Hustisford before becoming superintendent in that district. He also was the dean of students at Antigo High School, according to an abbreviated copy of his resume posted online.

Biehl's educational background includes a bachelor's degree in secondary education from Northern Michigan University and a master's degree in educational leadership from Marion College. He has his superintendent licensure from Cardinal Stritch University, according to his resume.

The Gazette was not able to reach Biehl for comment Wednesday.

The Milton School Board will interview the finalists, and the interviews will be followed by a tour of the district and the community.

The school district news release did not indicate a date for the interviews and tours.

Last updated: 4:47 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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