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Search Is On for New Nicolet School Chief

The School Board on Monday officially approved Superintendent Rick Monroe's retirement request Monday night and hired the consulting firm it hopes will find his successor.

With the School Board accepting head of Nicolet High School Rick Monroe's retirement request Monday night, the search is officially on for a new superintendent. 

The board unanimously approved Monroe's retirement request as well as hiring consulting firm Hazard, Young & Attea to conduct a search for candidates to serve as Nicolet’s next superintendent. 

"We have certainly enjoyed and valued Dr. Monroe's being here these past six years," School Board President Marilyn Franklin said, adding her yes vote comes with regret. "We will miss him."

Board Vice President Morton Grodsky said he voted in favor of approving the retirement request with "great angst."

The board didn't have the cost of the contract with the consulting firm immediately available and said they will meet with the firm in the coming weeks to discuss the process. Hazard, Young & Attea was chosen from a pool of four candidates, Franklin said. 

Monroe — who has been an educator since 1976 including in Milwaukee Public Schools, St. Francis and Shorewood — announced he would retire from his role on Dec. 17 after six years at the helm. He told Patch his retirement was based on a “accumulation” of factors, mainly to get more time to spend with his adult children, purse volunteer work, play piano and become more involved in church activities. His retirement is effective June 30. 

Dave Koven January 29, 2013 at 04:09 PM
First, let me thank Dr. Monroe for his service to the district. I must now ask, why do we need to hire an expensive consulting firm to find a replacement? His replacement will only be around for 4-6 years, on average. Education is in such a state of flux due to Gov. Walker's sweeping changes, that the problems will become overwhelming. I predict that fewer young people will want to become teachers because there is not a lot of respect for teachers, and there is no union protection for them either. Due to the electronically speeded up workplace requiring workers to be connected to the office 24/7, families are making the schools take on more and more tasks that the family used to do themselves, without giving the necessary funding and time to do a good job. This is a prescription for burnout for everyone. Why not simply save the consultant fees and promote from within. They don't have to be the greatest, just the best available within the district, since they won't be around all that long before they run up against unsolvable problems and/or anger someone.

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