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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, 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 , 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."

Greenfield Resident May 05, 2011 at 10:00 PM
Once again, some bloggers on the Greenfield Patch have demonstrated that they cannot have a civil discussion regarding the facts and issues. I bet they were the playground bullies when they couldn't win a verbal argument.
KHD May 06, 2011 at 02:26 AM
Greenfield Resident, Lets see. Where does the education community say Farner is well respected? You are making assumptions. You are also saying The Falls President can't be objective because of a former principal being a candidate. How do you know these things when no one has stated such? If anyone can't comprehend, it is certainly you. High poverty District???? Lookup the median household income. Geez, you really have no Idea what you are talking about. And what about the decrease, lets look to the public employee's for not paying their fair share. The guy wants to leave and we should help him.
R Sayas May 06, 2011 at 04:25 AM
I didn't say ignorant. I said "arrogant" and for that remark, I do not apologize. That is my personal experience with him and my opinion.
Greenfield Resident May 06, 2011 at 03:07 PM
The education community that respected Mr. Farner was obviously Menomonee Falls since he was one of their finalists for superintendent. Their board president said that the final three candidates were all "outstanding." As president, she is the spokesperson for the district. "HIGHER" poverty urban-suburban district does not mean the same as "HIGH" poverty urban-suburban district. I implied that Greenfield is a HIGHER poverty district than many in our area (the exception being Milwaukee). The DPI website shows the percentage of students who attend Greenfield School District schools and qualify for free or reduced lunches. This is the standard for determining percentage of actual students who come from poverty; that is not the same thing as looking at median household incomes. And I did not say that the Menonomee Falls president could not be objective. I implied that when an employer has two candidates, one of which has worked for the employer, if the former employee was a great one, then the employer will normally be reluctant to offer the job to the lesser known candidate, even when they seem to have similar skills and attributes. The employer would probably hire the candidate that they already have a good working relationship with and a good history with, which in this case was Pat Herdrich. Obviously, she had other fine qualties as well which contributed to their decision, according to the JS article. Also, R Sayas, you did say "ignorant" on May 3rd.
sticktofacts May 06, 2011 at 05:34 PM
Farner must be the type of person people respect and enjoy working for. The proof is in the number of people who have come to Greenfield that worked with him in the past or knew him. And they are high quality people if you have talked to them or listened to them. There is no doubt he has upset the leaders of the teacher's union as they have tried to discredit him in a number of ways, but that is because he holds people accountable. Seems if the union leaders are not happy with a superintendent, he must be challenging them. But at the same time, if you talk to the rank and file teachers, they say they respect him and the work he does for the district. He got a standing ovation at the school funding rally at the high school a month or so go. Plus, his team saved the taxpayers over $2 million a few years ago after they came in under budget and did not raise fees after the referendums were passed. They did that on purpose knowing the referendums would have an impact on taxes. If you watch board meetings you know they are pushing math and reading initiatives to improve achievement. They have made a lot of budget cuts too. I dont know, seems there is a lot going on that would indicate the district is getting good leadership. Unlike many of the comments on this blog that are purely unsubstantiated opinions, all of these statements can be verified easily. And R Sayas did say ignorant, but i dont think he meant that. love him or hate him, Farner is not ignorant.

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