WHY THE NEED FOR A NEW SUPERINTENDENT?
Dr. Patricia F. Deklotz, Superintendent of Kettle Moraine School District (KMSD) since 2006, gave her notice of retirement to the Board of Education June 25, 2020. Due to medical conditions and the dangers of the pandemic, Dr. Deklotz is not able to meet face-to-face with staff, students and families. She feels strongly about the need for the district to have a leader in place who can be physically present as KMSD prepares to meet the challenges of the 2020-21 school year.
“The district needs a leader who can be physically present in our schools during these challenging times ahead as we face re-entry to schools and my doctor strongly advised against continuing in my role,” said Dr. Deklotz. “While I am incredibly saddened by this ending to my role as superintendent, I remain confident and extremely proud of our staff, the work they have done and the work they will continue to do. I will continue in my role, working remotely, as we take on the challenges of re-opening schools, improving opportunities for students, and supporting the board in their process to find my successor. When that happens, I will continue to support KM and advocate for our students, families and community.”
Dr. Deklotz has been superintendent of KMSD, a Blue Ribbon K-12 district serving 3,700 students located in southeastern Wisconsin, since 2006. Under her leadership, the district has embraced the board’s challenge to transform schools to more efficiently meet the needs of all students.
WHAT IS THE PROCESS AND TIMELINE?
Upon receiving Dr. Deklotz's retirement notification, the KMSD school board immediately began the process of hiring a new superintendent. A critical component of the board’s planning initiatives is listening and gathering input from staff, parents, and community members. Following the opening of an unprecedented school year, the district and board will begin to broadly communicate the process, preliminary planning timeline and opportunities for participation.
SURVEY & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
This fall, a community survey will be conducted by a third party, on behalf of the district and board. The survey will ask for input regarding the vital expertise, experience, and personal characteristics for the District’s next superintendent. Feedback will be used to inform the search and shape a candidate profile.
Survey information will be sent to all staff, parents and community members by mail with instructions on how to participate online or, if preferred, in paper form. Survey results will be shared at the December 8 school board meeting.
TIMING & BOARD’S INTERIM SUPERINTENDENT POLICY
In the event a highly-qualified candidate is confirmed and prepared to take the position prior to the end of Dr. Deklotz’s contract (June, 2021), a transition may occur sooner.
In all circumstances, the board maintains a policy to have a well-developed interim superintendent plan. If this is required, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Theresa Ewald will serve in this capacity - in the short-term and until a qualified candidate is found to fill the position permanently. Dr. Ewald has confirmed with the board that she will not be a candidate for the district’s superintendent position.