Stephen Plum Hired As Kettle Moraine's New Superintendent
In January of 2021, the Kettle Moraine School District (KMSD) Board of Education proudly announced Stephen Plum as the district’s new superintendent. Plum was the director of two award-winning charter schools within the district - High School of Health Sciences and KM Explore Elementary. Plum has 27 years of experience in education, the last 15 as an educator and administrator within KMSD. He holds several degrees and is scheduled to complete his doctorate in Educational Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2021.
“We are extremely happy to name Steve as the next superintendent of our district,” said KMSD Board President Gary Vose. “Steve brings a wealth of experience and innovation as an educator and has been an integral part of the Laser family since 2005. We’re excited to begin collaborating with him in the coming months to start the next chapter of KM leadership.”
The announcement concluded a six-month search process following Dr. Patricia F. Deklotz's notice of retirement in June, 2020. The board engaged community, staff and students via surveys and focus groups over a four-month span, receiving invaluable input regarding the vital expertise, experience, and personal characteristics for Deklotz’s successor. Feedback from all stakeholders was used to inform the search, which garnered 42 applicants from eight states, and shape a candidate profile.
Plum transitioned to the superintendent role this April 1, 2021.
“I am humbled and incredibly grateful for this opportunity,” said Plum. “Following in Dr. Deklotz's footsteps is an honor. I look forward to leading our esteemed district and providing the most relevant education for our students, preparing them for a future where anything and everything is possible.”