Greenfield Superintendent Misses Out on Menomonee Falls Opening
Conrad Farner had been among three finalists for the opening before the Menomonee Falls School Board selected Dr. Patricia Herdrich.
Menomonee Falls School Board President Kathy Shurilla announced Tuesday that Dr. Patricia Herdrich has been chosen to replace Dr. Keith Marty as the new superintendent of the Menomonee Falls School District.
Shurilla confirmed the board's choice during a tour of the school district with State Superintendent of Schools Tony Evers.
That means Greenfield Superintendent Conrad Farner, who was one of three finalists for the Falls job, will be staying put.
Herdrich is currently the superintendent of West Bend Joint School District #1. Herdrich received her doctorate from University of Wisconsin in 1995. She currently serves with the national Educational Development Institute, which works with business leaders who are focused on educational research.
The other finalist was Dr. Charles W. Johns, principal of Rolling Meadows High School in Palatine, Ill.
The Menomonee Falls School Board will officially introduce and welcome Herdrich to the district during the next board meeting at 7 p.m. May 9.
The Menomonee Falls School Board sifted through 29 applicants for Marty’s position. Fifteen were superintendents in other districts, three were assistant superintendents, seven were principals, two were business consultants or self-employed, and two were unemployed.
In an interview with Greenfield Patch last month, Farner listed his ties to Menomonee Falls - he had done his practicum for the superintendency in Menomonee Falls years ago - and the district's reputation as reasons why he pursued the opening, but added he was proud of his accomplishments with Greenfield and that the district's employees would be what he "missed the most if I ever leave."