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Hiring a superintendent is one of the most important decisions a school board can make. Budgets are tight, but I believe that this is one area that a board does not want to cut corners. I have no regrets that we hired WASB and firmly believe that they were instrumental in helping us to find the next educational leader of our school district.
– Board Member, Chippewa Falls Area School District
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The WASB consultants were very knowledgeable and helpful. They took the time to get to know our district and provide what we needed, not just a canned service.
– Board Member, Milton School District
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The WASB provided a highly professional search service unlike any that I have dealt with in my professional career.
Board Member, Greenfield School District
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The search service prepared us for the process so that we were able to fill our position with an outstanding candidate in a short amount of time.
Board Member, Chetek-Weyerhaeuser Area School District
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Consultant Contact Information:

Dennis Richards, Ph.D. 715.896.3846 drichards@wasb.org
Louis Birchbauer, Ph.D. 414.218.2805 lbirchbauer@wasb.org
David Carlson, DPI School Finance Retired
     M.A. Curriculum and Instruction
608.220.0145 dcarlson@wasb.org
Mary DeYoung, Ph.D. 262.903.8023 mdeyoung@wasb.org
Roger Foegen, M.S. Educational Administration 608.790.5836 rfoegen@wasb.org

The WASB Superintendent Search Services consultants belong to the National Affiliation of Superintendent Searchers (NASS), an experienced network that collaborates and shares placement information.

For Applicants
Please visit Application Process for information regarding our search process and complete a Stage One Application.

For Districts
Board Centered, Superintendent Friendly and Data Driven.
Selecting the right superintendent is the school board's most important role. Finding an instructional leader who will achieve the vision and mission of your schools is an important decision that will directly impact student achievement.

The WASB Search Services is designed to make hiring a superintendent a positive learning experience to help you better serve your district. We offer maximum flexibility to the board and assure total board control in the decision-making process.

Search Services consultants are equipped to help you from start to finish with a customized process. As a part of your membership organization, the consultants offer transition services that will help the right hire and the board quickly begin their journey together. They can also connect you with the full range of WASB support services - from policy assistance to legal services and board development.

The WASB has worked with many school districts, both small and large, in Wisconsin. A list of the districts for which the WASB has conducted superintendent searches since 2008-09 follows:

Alma Center-Humbird-Merrillan
Black River Falls
Cadott Community
Chetek-Weyerhaeuser Area Chippewa Falls Area
Cuba City
De Soto Area
Elkhorn Area
Fort Atkinson
Geneva J4
Goodman-Armstrong Creek
Howards Grove
Lake Holcombe
Merton Community
New Holstein
North Cape
Palmyra-Eagle Area
Pulaski Community
Randall Consolidated
St. Croix Central
Sauk Prairie
Sheboygan Falls
Shell Lake
South Milwaukee
Southern Door County
Spooner Area
Spring Valley
West Salem
Whitewater Unified
Wilmot UHS
Wisconsin Rapids    

Request a Proposal:
Is your district preparing to make the critical decision of selecting your next superintendent? Please contact Sally Sweitzer (608-512-1721) to request a proposal. A consultant will then set up a meeting with the board to determine how the WASB Search Services can meet the needs of your district.
Operating Principles:
When you select the WASB, you are selecting a trusted partner with whom you, your board and superintendent will have a long-term relationship. The WASB stands ready to be your partner, during the search process and beyond. Our consultants are experienced educational leaders who recognize that each search is the beginning of a journey.

The WASB search consultants are equiped to facilitate a customized process during which they provide information and options to the board, which makes the final decisions. At the heart of the WASB search process is a series of focus groups with the board, school staff, and community members.The data generated from these meetings will be used to develop each aspect of your search - from the vacancy announcement to the application essays and the questions you use in your interviews.

Every application received by the WASB on the district's behalf is provided to the district.

Current Wisconsin Searches

The Search Process
We do our work with you - not just for you. The first planning meeting involves determining the extent and type of community and student involvement in the process, budget and schedule of activities, existing board policy, and commitments of individual board members. A subsequent planning meeting entails choosing five or six candidates for the first interviews and reviewing interview questions and procedures.
Superintendent Profile:
The consultant assists the board in arriving at the profile of the desired person based on information from focus groups and the school board.
The WASB advertises open positions on more than 30 statewide, regional and national websites. We also notify the WASB applicant pool. Individuals who are interested in positions are encouraged to apply.. Print advertising is optional.
First Interviews:
We'll work with you to develop questions and throughly prepare for the interviews. You'll receive a detailed resource guide, an orientation on effective interview techniques and format, and a review of the appropriate laws. Two or three finalists and an alternate are chosen.
The consultant coaches board members on effective reference checking techniques. Furthermore, the WASB conducts an extensive criminal and credit background check. If the finalists pass these steps, they move on to the second interview.
Second Interviews:
The school board and the consultant plan the second round of interviews, including who will be involved and the day's schedule. There may be feedback to the board from those participating in the process. The board prioritizes their choices.
Board Visit to the Finalist's District:
Board members decide who will visit the district of their first choice finalist.
The school board or its designee negotiates a contract with the final candidate.
The New Superintendent:
The WASB can assist the district with developing press releases and making introductions to the staff and community to help establish strong relationships from the start. The consultants offer transition services that will help the right hire and the board quickly begin their journey together. Additionally, we offer assistance in clarifying expectations and enhancing communication between you and your new superintendent from day one.
Search Costs:
The WASB Search Services is a contracted service. Professional services are offered at an hourly rate plus expenses for travel, mileage, meals and lodging, if necessary. Additional costs include advertising, postage, legal counsel, finalists' travel expenses, and the site visit.

The WASB Search Services can begin at $6,950 which includes expenses; however, the total service costs are determined by the WASB Search Services design and scope which are locally determined.  The WASB works with the board to design a search that meets the needs of the district.

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