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.


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