The Board of Education is pleased to announce that Craig Broeren has been selected to replace Colleen Dickmann as Superintendent when she retires on June 30, 2017.
Mr. Broeren has served in educational leadership for the past nine years, most recently as the District Administrator for Barron Area School District. Mr. Broeren brings a wealth of experience in school district operations, strategic planning, and fiscal management to the District.
Mr. Broeren earned a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Wisconsin – River Falls in Biology with a minor in Chemistry, a Masters from the University of St. Thomas in Teacher Preparation, and he completed the Principal Licensure program through the University of Wisconsin – River Falls/University of St. Thomas. He is currently working toward completing his doctoral degree.
Following is a message from Mr. Broeren:
My name is Craig Broeren (pronounced like “roarin” with a “B” in front of it) and I am honored to have been selected as the next Superintendent of the Wisconsin Rapids Public Schools. I look forward to working with the Board of Education, staff, students and community on existing initiatives as well as developing and advancing new ones. I have been involved in public education since 2000 as a teacher, coach, athletic director, principal and for the past seven years as superintendent; four of which have been in the Barron Area School District where I am currently employed. In addition to my experiences in public education, I have also worked in the private sector in cancer and AIDS research and pathology.
On a personal level, I have been married for nearly twenty years to my wife, Sunshine, who is a pediatric occupational therapist. We have three amazing kids- Raya age 12, Keaton age 10, and Porter age 10 who are involved in numerous athletics and co-curriculars which keep us very busy. I enjoy running, boating, fishing, and playing sports with my family.
I am very passionate about public education and the opportunities we provide our students; I will serve the Wisconsin Rapids Public Schools as an outspoken advocate for public education. I know that Wisconsin Rapids has a solid reputation for academic and co-curricular opportunities for kids and I am fully invested in ensuring existing programs continue over time and that the district remains focused on innovation and continuous improvement well into the future.
My family and I are very excited to become part of your community and look forward to meeting new people and becoming meaningfully involved in and contributing to the Wisconsin Rapids School District and community!
Craig G. Broeren
The Board has selected three finalists for second round interviews in the Superintendent search process. David Aslyn of Bayfield, Wisconsin; Craig Broeren of Barron, Wisconsin; and Kathi Stebbins-Hintz of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin will be participating in an additional interview round in March. An announcement regarding the selection of a new Superintendent will be issued once a final decision has been made.
The Board of Education is pleased to announce that after reviewing application materials for the Superintendent position, applicants have been identified for initial screening interviews. Following these initial screening interviews which will occur in early February, the Board will announce the names of 2-3 candidate finalists once they have agreed to participate in a second round interview.
A second round of interviews will be conducted with the finalists, a contract offer will be negotiated, and the Board President will announce who the next Superintendent will be once the Board has met to formally approve of the contract and appointment.
The interview panel will consist of the Board and invited staff members including an administrator, teacher, and support staff member. Additionally, a parent representative as well as a member of the community will be invited to participate.
The application period for the WRPS Superintendent of Schools has now closed.