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Janesville school board picks Mark Holzman to be next superintendent


The Janesville School Board has chosen Mark Holzman to become the next Janesville School District superintendent.

The board unanimously approved a motion at a special board meeting Monday to enter contract negotiations with Holzman, according to a district news release. The board expects to vote on a final contract at the school board meeting Tuesday, according to the release.

Board President Cathy Myers said the board was impressed with all the candidates.

“Mark stood out to us with his experience and the size of the district he has worked with,” she said. “The way he connects with people and the way that he creates a team around this full purpose of helping our students. Everyone was on the same page.”

Holzman told The Gazette that he and the board have agreed on a contract, and the board has to vote at its next meeting to finalize the deal.

Holzman’s salary with Janesville has not yet been disclosed, but Pophal’s salary was $192,831, according to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Holzman is earning $177,405 annually with the Manitowoc Public School District.

“I continue to be really excited about the opportunity to lead the School District of Janesville,” Holzman said in an interview. “I’m more than ecstatic about the opportunity and grateful for the confidence that the board and the staff and community has put in me to name me as their next candidate.”

Holzman has been the Manitowoc superintendent since 2015. Manitowoc’s district is about 5,000 students, half the size of Janesville’s.

Holzman, Ryan Krohn and Cassandra Schug were the three finalists for superintendent. Each was scheduled to spend a day in the district last week, but Schug withdrew her name from consideration before her scheduled March 30 visit.

Krohn and Holzman each met with district staff and toured the district before participating in separate meet-and-greet sessions at the Janesville Country Club with district staff and community leaders.

Holzman spent six years in Sheboygan before moving to Manitowoc. In Sheboygan, he was the coordinator of secondary instruction and assistant superintendent of students and instruction.

Krohn has been the superintendent at the Stone Bank School District since 2019. Schug had been the Watertown superintendent since 2011 and was recently selected to be the new superintendent of schools at the Belvidere School District in Belvidere, Illinois.

Janesville Superintendent Steve Pophal took the job in 2017 and announced his intent to retire in October 2021. Pophal will retire this June, and has said he hopes to spend more time with family.

Roses and carnations are moved into a cooled truck Thursday ahead of the annual Lions Club rose and carnation sale at the Traxler Park warming house in Janesville.

Roses and carnations are moved into a cooled truck Thursday ahead of the annual Lions Club rose and carnation sale at the Traxler Park warming house in Janesville. The sale starts at 10 a.m. today, Saturday and Sunday. Though most of the flowers were preordered, a small number will still be available for purchase at the park. Money raised through the fundraiser will benefit the club’s community service efforts and projects, including vision-related services and assistance, scholarships, and improvements to Lions Beach.

Forged in iron: Wisconsin Makers hosting iron pour in Whitewater on Saturday


Wisconsin Makers will host its fifth iron pour Saturday at the regional makerspace at 200 E. Clay St.

The doors to the event, which is returning after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will open at 9 a.m.

Spectators are welcome to watch the “pour team”—Teresa “Tree” Lind, a UW-Whitewater lecturer of art and design, and her students—melt cast iron in an outdoor furnace and then fill sand scratch molds with the molten metal.

Those wishing to make their own casting can buy a scratch mold square to personalize with their design that day. Each scratch mold must be completed no later than 11:15 a.m.

At noon, Lind and her students will begin pouring the cast iron into the molds. They will present the completed castings to participants by midafternoon.

“Your unique design will be preserved in cast iron for ages to come,” Wisconsin Makers member Ron Binning said, adding that past years’ iron pours each have drawn more than 100 people. “Your iron mold sculpture will make a truly unique one-of-a-kind design of your own making.”

During the iron pour, brats will be available for $3, and chips and soda for $1 each.

The Modern Woodmen of America Youth Service Club is co-sponsoring the iron pour fundraiser. All proceeds raised will be matched by Modern Woodmen up to $500.

Wisconsin Makers is a nonprofit regional community workshop offering an affordable, collaborative and educational environment that inspires people of all ages to become innovators by unlocking their skills through continual experimentation and training. Work areas and equipment include: 3D printing, laser engraving, machining, welding/fabrication, electronics, blacksmithing, woodworking, ceramics/pottery, jewelry making, arts/crafts, quilting/fabric arts, matting/framing and more.

For more information on the iron pour or to learn about makerspace memberships, visit the workshop’s Facebook page at @wisconsin makers or call Binning at 262-203-3247.

Obituaries and death notices for April 8, 2022

Janice M. Betz

Jean Combs

James R. “Jim” Dooley

Robert J. “Bob” Fairclough

Leon Govert

Terry “Boppa” Haines

Nora Kreher McManus

Donna M. Lehr

Paul McMurray

Orvan N. “Bud” Nelson

Sean G. Stark

Cynthia Ann “Cindy” (Jarvis) Stroud

Joan Eby Hannan

Charlotte E. Nichols

John A. Spoden

Lance Taylor

Judith Marie (Tanking) Townsend

Anthony “T-Bone” Werner

Cecilia Williams