Brighton names interim administrator

BY JILL TATGE-ROZELL
jrozell@kenoshanews.com

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BRIGHTON — Robert Spence was named interim administator at Brighton Elementary School Tuesday.

Spence will serve in this capacity until the Board of Education can find a replacement for William White, who accepted a position as principal of Williams Bay High School and Middle School.

White was the administrator at Brighton for three years. His last official day was July 31, though he was at the board meeting Tuesday to help see some action items through to completion.

Board president Linda Perona said the board will form a committee with three community members and three certified staff members to aid in the search for a new administrator. The committee will formulate interview questions, among other tasks, Perona said.

The position has yet to be posted, but the application deadline is tentatively set for Oct. 11, and final interviews will be in early November. Perona said the goal is to announce the new administrator by Thanksgiving.

“We hope to have a January, possibly a December, start date,” Perona said.

Spence, a former administrator in East Troy, served in a similar interim capacity at Lakewood School in Twin Lakes in 2010. Spence assisted the Lakewood district until Administrator Joseph Price completed his administrative certification coursework and became licensed by the state Department of Public Instruction.

Spence will be paid $62.50 per hour.

Louis Birchbauer, a search services and organizational services consultant for the Wisconsin Association of School Boards, told the board in July that, by law, the leadership post needed to be filled prior to the start of the school year.

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