The search for the next Mauston School District Superintendent is over. Mauston High School Assistant Principal Joel Heesch has accepted a one year contract offered by the school board to serve as superintendent.
Heesch will succeed current Superintendent Dr. Christine Weymouth, who announced her retirement in 2018. His annual salary will be $115,000.
“The contract is good to go, we have a superintendent who will start July 1,” said Mauston School Board President RJ Rogers. “It was a 6-0 (school board) vote. It was a unanimous vote on the contract.”
Mauston School Board Vice President Betty Kryka said it is “not uncommon” for superintendents to begin their tenure with a one year contract.
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Four candidates were brought in Feb. 5 and formally interviewed by the school board while also answering questions from community members in a separate room. The four candidates were Heesch, Waupaca School Superintendent Greg Nyen, Menomonie High School Principal David Muñoz and Hillsboro School Superintendent Curt Bisarek.
Heesch and Muñoz were selected for a second round of interviews the following week.
“Our community is important to us and this whole process has been an opportunity for the board to see that,” Kryka said. “How involved our community is in the progress of our school district… a lot of school communities can’t say that.”
Heesch graduated from New Lisbon High School in 1983. He has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, a Bachelor of Science in Business Education from Winona State University and a Master of Arts in Education and Educational Leadership from Marian University.
He accepted a position to coach Mauston boys basketball in 1996 and began teaching there two years later.
“He’s a great fit,” Rogers said. “He’s extremely qualified in our district. He knows our district… he’s well known by the staff and the students, well liked. I can’t say enough nice things about Joel.”
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