Clinton School District administrator candidate interviews start Monday

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Catherine W. Idzerda
Thursday, January 21, 2016

CLINTON—A high school principal and two district administrators are competing for the post of Clinton School District administrator.

Next week, the Clinton School Board will meet with candidates in separate, daylong interviews, according to a news release from the district.

The interviews will include school and community tours and meetings with the district teachers and staff, high school students, the Clinton Chamber of Commerce and community members.

The new administrator will replace Administrator Randy Refsland, who retired earlier this year.

To help with the search, the Clinton School Board hired McPherson & Jacobson, a recruiting firm based in Omaha, Nebraska, specializing in school administrators.

Candidates include:

-- Milt Thompson, who has been serving as interim administrator since Refsland retired.

Thompson served as the superintendent for the Beloit School District from 2009 to 2011.

He also was superintendent for the North Chicago School District and the Pulaski School District near Green Bay.

Thompson resigned from the Pulaski School District in June.

Open records requests by Green Bay-area media revealed that Pulaski School Board President Bob Skalitzky wanted Thompson dismissed, saying he repeatedly showed “disloyalty/dishonesty” to the board.

Thompson responded to requests for comments in a written statement, “Like a lawsuit, the charges brought by the board are allegations--nothing more … There are two sides to every story …”

Thompson also served at the troubled North Chicago School District. When he arrived, the district had not met the baseline standards for No Child Left Behind for eight years. About a year into Thompson's tenure with the district, the state took over the district.

-- James Brewer. Brewer is principal of Northland High School in Eagle River. No other information about Brewer was available before deadline.

-- Christopher Anderson. Anderson is superintendent for Monticello Community Schools in Monticello, Iowa.

On Jan. 8, Anderson told the Monticello School District that he plans to step down June. 30, when his contract is up, according to the Monticello Express newspaper.

Anderson has served in Monticello for nine years.

“It's just time to move on,” Anderson told the newspaper. “I'm looking for new challenges, new professional opportunities. The right thing to do for the district and for the kids is to resign now so the district has time to find a suitable replacement.”

Anderson told the newspaper he hoped to become a superintendent elsewhere.

“I've got some feelers out, and we'll see where that takes me,” he said.

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