Big Changes Happening on August 7, 2019.


3 make final cut to be interviewed for school district superintendent

Candidates to meet the public Monday

The Shawano School District released its finalist list Thursday for filling the superintendent position being vacated by Gary Cumberland’s retirement.

The Shawano School Board will interview three candidates next week in closed session, but the public will get the chance to meet them at a forum at 6 p.m. Monday in the auditorium at Shawano Community High School, 220 County Road B, Shawano.

The candidates are:

• Randi Anderson, who is currently superintendent of the Pelican Rapids School District in Pelican Rapids, Minnesota.

• Annette Deuman, who is currently superintendent of the Columbus School District in Columbus, Wisconsin.

• Dr. Gereon Methner, who is currently the secondary principal for the Gibraltor Area School District in Fish Creek, Wisconsin. Methner has previously worked in the Shawano School District as its at-risk coordinator and LEADS Primary Charter School’s executive director from 2013 through 2015..

There were 27 applicants for the superintendent post, according to school board president Tyler Schmidt. Eight were chosen for a first round of interviews with the board, held earlier this week, and then the list was pared down to three.

Vision was a key factor for the board when considering which candidates they would interview. Schmidt said the district wants to develop a long-term strategic plan, and the new superintendent would be instrumental in creating that.

“The board really felt that having a clear vision and a path to get to that vision was necessary,” Schmidt said. “There were a lot of key things. As a board, we learned recently that we need a strategic plan, and we’re going to move forward with that.”

Schmidt noted the interview process was “extensive,” and the entire search was comprehensive, with community focus groups established and recommendations made as to what needed to be required for the district’s next leader.

“There are tons of things that you look for,” Schmidt said. “Everything from being leaders to how they interact with the community.”

Schmidt said the interaction with the community will be put to the test on Monday with the public forum. Each candidate will be presenting to the audience for an hour, either before or after the second school board interview, which will be taking place around that time.

“We want the community to pepper them with questions and get their questions answered,” Schmidt said. “The community will have a voice in this.”

The public forum will be recorded so that the board can, once the interviews are concluded, look at how the candidates performed.

The school board could hold another closed session at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the district board room at SCHS to deliberate further if discussions continue too late on Monday.

A salary range for the new superintendent has not been established, according to Schmidt. He said the board would likely discuss pay and benefits during deliberations.

Schmidt said a final decision on hiring a superintendent will take place at its next regular meeting on July 22.

Cumberland announced in May that he would be retiring to take a position as principal at Sacred Heart Catholic School. Cumberland was promoted from assistant superintendent to superintendent in September 2013 after then-superintendent Todd Carlson abruptly announced he was leaving to take a superintendent position with the Gillett School District.