Janesville Craig official in line to take over at Parker

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011
— Superintendent Karen Schulte is recommending a Craig High School assistant principal become the next principal of Parker High School.

Schulte is recommending Christopher Laue to the Janesville School Board, which will act on the recommendation at its meeting Tuesday, May 24.

Laue would replace Parker High School Principal Steve Schroeder, who will retire June 30.

Laue was chosen over 16 other applicants. Five applicants went through an initial interview by district leadership.

All but one of the five were Janesville School District employees. The other finalists were: Chad Harnisch of Rice Lake; Dan Keyser, assistant principal at Parker; Dave Parr, teacher at the Janesville Virtual Academy and president of the Janesville Education Association; and Lisa Peterson, assistant principal at Franklin Middle School.

Laue’s was the only name submitted to a “building peer interview team” comprising Parker teachers, an assistant principal, support staff, parents and one downtown administrator.

The Parker team could have rejected Laue. If that had happened, the district could have re-posted the opening or appointed an interim principal for a year, said Steve Sperry, district director of human resources.

Laue has been at Craig since 2009. He was associate principal at Fort Atkinson Middle School for nine years before moving to Janesville.

Laue originally was an agriculture teacher, teaching for one year in the Geneseo school district in Illinois and for six years in Fort Atkinson, according to a news release.

Laue holds a bachelor’s degree from UW-Platteville and a master’s degree in educational administration from Marian College, which he earned in 2000.

Schulte said in the news release that Laue “has an excellent work ethic, relates well to staff, students and parents and is a strong instructional leader.”

If approved, Laue would be paid $118,048 a year beginning July 1.

Last updated: 5:11 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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