Borden recommended as new superintendent

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAn ad hoc committee of the DeForest Area School District’s Board of Education is recommending Susan Borden as the new superintendent for the school district. Board of Education President Jan Berg announced today that board members will take formal action to approve her selection at its Feb. 25 meeting. If approved, Borden will begin her duties at the end of the school year when current Superintendent Jon Bales leaves for his new position with the Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators (WASDA).

“Susan will bring an impressive list of credentials and a proven track record of success to our district,” Berg said. “We believe she best fits the criteria we are looking for based on input we received from staff, students, and community. Her experience and leadership style will assure that our school district maintains its tradition of excellence and continuous improvement.”

Borden is currently the superintendent of the Germantown Public Schools. She started her career teaching high school English in Matsudo Kokusai, Japan and also taught English at Menasha High School. She also served as a high school associate principal in Franklin and elementary principal in Muskego, Wisconsin. Susan earned her doctoral degree from the UW-Madison in the area of Educational Leadership.

In response to her recommendation, Borden said “Although I’m very proud of the many successes of our team in Germantown, the opportunity to serve DeForest Area schools and be closer to family were deciding factors in pursuing this position. I’m very appreciative of the outstanding work of my colleagues and the support of the families I’ve worked with. I know those same qualities exist here in DeForest.”

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve the DeForest Area School District. I learned throughout the interview process that the district is very committed to providing an outstanding education for its students through collaborative work with the community and staff.”

Borden’s recommendation comes at the end of a six-month long search process that began when Superintendent Bales announced in September 2012 that he was leaving the district to become the Executive Director of WASDA.

The board gathered input from staff, parents, students, administrators, business and municipal leaders, local clergy, and others to identify the criteria for an effective leader. A team of 34 staff, administrators, board of education members, and community members interviewed six potential candidates, providing the board of education with input that helped them narrow the candidates down to two: Borden and Mt Horeb School District Superintendent Wayne Anderson. Additional input was gathered from a public forum on Feb. 12 and final interviews with students, staff, and administrators. Board members interviewed the two finalists and contacted staff, board members and community members in their home districts prior to the ad hoc committee making a final decision to recommend Borden.

According to Berg, the school board will vote on Borden’s selection and contract at its Feb. 25 meeting. Though Borden will not be starting her job officially until July 1, Berg expects to work with her and current superintendent Bales to plan for a smooth transition for staff and the community.

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