School Information System
Newsletter Sign Up |

Subscribe to this site via RSS: | Newsletter signup | Send us your ideas

January 15, 2008

Racine academic chief Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, eyes two superintendent posts

Dani McClain:

Racine Unified's academic director heads into her next round of interviews for the Madison Schools superintendent job on Friday.

Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, who joined Racine Unifed in November 2006 after a stint as an assistant superintendent in Ann Arbor, Mich., is one of five semi-finalists for the Madison job, she said Monday.

Vanden Wyngaard and Green Bay Schools Superintendent Daniel Nerad are the two Wisconsin-based educators in the running, the Green Bay Press-Gazette reported last week. Schools officials from Miami, Fla. and Boston have also made it to the semi-final round. The Madison school board will next narrow the field to three candidates, Vanden Wyngaard said.

Sue Kutz, vice president of Racine Unified's school board, said she was shocked to hear that Vanden Wyngaard was interested in the Madison job. Racine Unified is on the hunt for a replacement for interim superintendent Jackson Parker, who stepped in after Tom Hicks resigned in August.

“She has expressed to me several times that she wanted to be superintendent of Racine Unified, so I was kind of surprised," said Kutz, who is chairing the search committee for the district's new leader.
Vanden Wyngaard said she still plans to throw her hat in the ring for the Racine job and will meet the February 20 application deadline. She acknowledged that her interviews in Madison could be viewed as a lack of commitment to her current employer, but said she's trying not to worry much about whatever speculations might be afloat.

“I have a mission for urban education, so I’m looking to be in a place that will help me fulfill that goal," Vanden Wyngaard said Monday. "If the community and the board believe that my candidacy here is important and that I can lead the district toward strategic change, then it won’t matter. If I’m the person for the job in Racine, it’ll happen."

Vanden Wyngaard is one of five candidates for the Madison Superintendent postion.

Posted by Jim Zellmer at January 15, 2008 8:00 PM
Subscribe to this site via RSS/Atom: Newsletter signup | Send us your ideas