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Six in running to be Evansville superintendent

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GINA R. HEINE
February 22, 2012
— Four of the six finalists to be the new Evansville school superintendent are administrators in area districts.

The Evansville School Board and an advisory committee of about 20 community members and district staff are interviewing the candidates this week. Initial interviews wrap up Thursday, and final interviews likely will be Tuesday, said Don Stevens, one of the consultants hired by the district to assist in the hiring process.


The candidates are:


-- Charles Urness, principal of Franklin Middle School in Janesville.


-- Jerry Roth, principal of Edgerton Middle School.


-- Steve Lutzke, superintendent of the Parkview School District in Orfordville.


-- Mary Jo Bernhardt, principal of Lincoln Inquiry Charter School in Whitewater.


-- Tammy Huth, assistant director of teacher education professional development and licensing at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.


-- Denise Wellnitz, superintendent of Darlington Community Schools in southwestern Wisconsin.


After a candidate is chosen and accepts, the board will negotiate a contract, Stevens said. The start date is July 1.


Superintendent Heidi Carvin plans to retire at the end of the school year after serving nine years in the position.


Stevens and Rick Carlson, both of SCF Educational Consulting, are helping the district in the process. They've learned through interviews with staff, residents and administrators that Evansville is a place where the school and community are "really very, very connected," Stevens said.


"That came out in so many of the interviews," he said. "The most important thing (is to) continue that relationship. That's been nurtured by the current administration that's leaving and probably before that."


Like every district, the budget is tight.


"(Everyone is) hoping for someone with the best fiscal background that they can have to make sure the district is run as prudently as possible," he said.


Communication skills also are important, he said.



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