The DeForest Area School District’s Board of Education is pleased to announce that they have unanimously approved hiring Mr. Eric Runez for the District Administrator position. The announcement was made after a special board meeting held on Monday, April 18.
Thirty-one candidates completed an application for the District Administrator position. Three of these applicants were each interviewed separately by representative groups of students, staff, administrators, community members, parents, and the Board of Education during the week of April 10.
Mr. Runez has served as the Superintendent of Whitewater School District since 2011. Prior to that time, he was the Whitewater Middle School Principal for six years, and the Johnson Creek Jr./Sr. High School Principal for three years. In addition to his administrative leadership, Mr. Runez has taught middle/high school social studies and served as an educational counselor in the Denver Public Schools. He is completing his Doctorate in Educational Leadership at Edgewood College this summer.
“On behalf of the Board of Education, we thank the many people in our district who provided input throughout the process,” said school board president Jan Berg. “We had three excellent candidates to choose from, and appreciated the feedback of the stakeholder groups as board members made this important decision. Mr. Runez has diverse experiences as a teacher, counselor, and administrator, which creates a solid foundation for his leadership. We look forward to working with Mr. Runez as he assumes leadership for our district.”
Mr. Runez will officially assume the duties of District Administrator for the DeForest Area School District on July 1. The school board will host an event before the end of the school year to introduce Mr. Runez to the staff and community.
McPherson & Jacobson L.L.C. served as consultants in the search process and will continue working with the DeForest Area Board of Education and Mr. Runez as he transitions into the new role.