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Lake Bluff Principal, Current Wisconsin Superintendent Emerge as Finalists for School Chief

The Shorewood School District will hold four community meetings on two days next week allowing residents and district staff to get to know the candidates.

School officials have chosen two school administrators from within the state — one from within the Shorewood School District — as their two finalists in the search for the district's next superintendent.

Principal Kirk Juffer and the current superintendent of the Kohler Public School District in Kohler, WI and principal of the district's high school, Martin Lexmond, have been tapped.

Juffer has been principal at Lake Bluff for 21 years and was previously the director of instruction at Holmen School District in Holmen, WI. Before that, he served the Richland Center School District for three years as a special education teacher.

Lexmond has been the superintendent and principal at Kohler Public Schools for two years. Prior to that, he was the director of curriculum and instruction as well as the director of the Department of School Innovation at Milwaukee Public Schools. He also taught in Denver, CO and was an assistant principal and teacher at MPS.

The district has lined up community meetings on May 15 and May 17 where teachers and citizens can meet Juffer and Lexmond.

On each day, four meetings will be held with residents and staff members welcome to attend, in most instances.

The search comes after current , after 10 years in Shorewood. The district then .

The meeting schedule for both days is as follows:

  • 8:45 to 9:30 a.m. at , 3830 N. Morris Blvd., Room 122
  • 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. at the southwest entrance of 's Early Education Center, 2100 E. Capitol Drive
  • 2 to 2:45 p.m. at , 1600 E. Lake Bluff blvd., Room 200
  • 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. at Shorewood Intermediate School Commons, 3830 N. Morris Blvd. (a session for teachers and educational professionals in the community)

A RSVP isn't required, though officials request advance notification, if possible. To RSVP, call Kim Grady at (414) 963-6901 or email kgrady@shorewood.k12.wi.us.

For information, email School Board member David Cobb at david@cobbconsult.com.

Wonderful Life May 13, 2012 at 05:18 AM
They don't have a thumbs up feature here, so picture it!
Jeanne Eichholz May 13, 2012 at 02:05 PM
There is a reason Kohler is one of the top-performing districts in the state - highest ACT scores, etc. Marty has done AMAZING things at Kohler. Shorewood would be lucky if they could steal him away.
Carolyn Lee May 13, 2012 at 04:39 PM
My vote is for Kirk Juffer. He is a great steward of our community. 2O+ years of leading a culture of excellence at Lake Bluff. The school board would be sorely mistaken if they passed up on this exceptional educator.
EmpthyCursed May 17, 2012 at 12:14 AM
fab-boo! goodbye cup cakes n chocolate milk in the district and hello tree bark n plugged toilets! The Janitors will never be out of a job..awesome.
Wonderful Life May 18, 2012 at 01:44 AM
Good bye cup cakes n chocolate milk? Really?? We're talking about education here and you're whining about cup cakes and chocolate milk? Have you heard about childhood obesity? There's a reason for that taking that stuff out of the school day and I, like some other parents don't want my kids having that crap at school. I do want empowered, talented teachers and a school committed to be kind, work hard, have fun.

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