Jeffery Alstadt was named as the new district administrator for Randall School by the Randall Board of Education on Wednesday.
School Board president Jim O’Connell said Alstadt will bring strong communication and school finance skills, the ability to build relationships and an excellent track record of educational success with him to Randall from the Crescent-Iroquios School District in Illinois.
“We are excited to welcome Dr. Alstadt to the Randall community, and we look forward to introducing him in the near future,” O’Connell said. “Our teachers, staff, parents and students will find him to be dedicated, caring and committed to ensuring each child is supported at Randall.”
Alstadt earned his doctorate degree in educational leadership from National Louis University. He started his career in education as an eighth-grade English teacher for the Beach Park School District, where he was also a basketball and volleyball coach. In addition to being the district administrator for the Crescent-Iroquois School District, Alstadt also served as an assistant principal for Chicago Public Schools.
Alstadt was selected from an initial field of 20 candidates and a slate of three finalists. The two other finalists were Dr. Ann Neuman — the director of curriculum in the South Milwaukee School District — and Dr. William White, the administrator for the Williams Bay School District.
“Dr. Alstadt stood out among the candidates for his student-based approach, excellent communication skills and strong planning practices that we believe will allow Randall to continue to strive for excellence and meet our financial commitments,” O’Connell said.
Alstadt will replace district administrator John Gendron, who is leaving after five years in the position to become the district administrator of Westosha-Central High School. Both will officially start their new roles July 1.
Alstadt will take the helm of a newly renovated building and oversee a budget supported by added revenue from taxpayers. The district approved both an operational and a facilities referendum last April.
The community authorized the district to exceed the state-imposed revenue cap by $675,000 per year through 2020-21 and approved $5.5 million in facility updates. The two measures will increase taxes on a $200,000 home by approximately $88.
The facility referendum funded:
an addition of four new classrooms
expansion of the cafeteria and multi-purpose room
a new roof on the elementary section of the building
new cabinets and paint in all kindergarten through fifth-grade classrooms
new flooring, student desks and tables in the junior high
upgrades to utilities and HVAC equipment
new, secured elementary and junior high entrances.
All of the work is expected to be complete by the start of the 2019-20 school year.