JANESVILLE (WKOW) -- The Janesville School District will be going through a change in leadership over the next few months.
The district announced Friday afternoon, Dr. Tom Evert will be retiring at the end of this school year after being with the district for 14 years. Evert told DuWayne Severson, the school board president, about his decision last night. Severson says Evert had been talking about retiring since July.
"Let me emphasis here, Dr. Evert selected the time to retire," insisted Severson at a press conference Friday. Evert was absent from that press conference.
"Dr. Evert decided not to be here today for the announcement, despite my requests several times. His wishes were to maintain the spotlight on students and on the hiring process of a new superintendent," Severson explained.
The district says it will not be hiring a search firm to help find candidates for the position. It plans on conducting the search itself. It won't completely be on its own, though. The district has worked with the Studer Group, a consulting firm, in the past. It's offered to help the district get started.
"Mr. Studer has graciously offered to provide to selection screening training members at no charge to the Janesville school district," said Severson.
Going that route will save the district over $30 thousand. However, finding a new superintendent could prove challenging. Many districts around the country are also looking for new superintendents, and there aren't that many candidates. Despite that reality, the district says it's not worried.
"Our community has a strong foundation to attract and keep very qualified superintendents. so we know that in and of itself will attract very strong candidates," said Severson.
The district says the next superintendent will have some big shoes to fill.
"Dr. Evert's contribution to the Janesville School District will forever be appreciated," Severson said.
The district wants to have its next superintendent hired by March. They would then take charge of the district on July 1, 2009.
The school board is scheduled to meet again on Tuesday. It will be discussing how it wants to conduct the search, as well as, how much the district is prepared to pay for salary.