Supt Column - I Will Keep District Moving Forward

Supt Column - I Will Keep District Moving Forward
Posted on 08/21/2017
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Wausau Daily Herald
08/20/2017 - Page A05

MICHAEL SCHWEI
FOR USA TODAY NETWORK-WISCONSIN

What does an interim superintendent do?

In last month’s column, I described the picture of the Wausau School District as being clear, hopeful and bright.

I also reflected upon the sense of pride we feel here in the district. I expressed how thankful the district is for our supportive community, our parents, our faculty and staff and our students. The column closed with my name — Mike Schwei — and my new title — interim superintendent of schools.

So what does an interim superintendent do, and what does that mean for the Wausau School District? Well, for starters, I will not sit idle and maintain the status quo until a new superintendent of schools is named! Here is my promise to you: Expect to see me planning and leading the district in a positive, forward direction. Expect to see the district’s strategic goals, complete with indicators, measures of progress and accountability. Expect to feel heard, valued and respected. Expect to see me in the community, in the schools, and in the stands and auditoriums cheering and supporting OUR students.

When you see me, you will recognize me by the colors I wear. Usually, I wear purple or gold — the district’s colors (not for the Minnesota Vikings!).

When you see me, please, do introduce yourself and allow me to shake your hand. It will be a pleasure to make your acquaintance.

I joined the Wausau School District team in 2014 as PK-12 Director of Curriculum and Instruction. It was a great move for me. Having more than 30 years of education experience outside of Wisconsin, I remain in awe of the strong sense of pride this community has for the Wausau School District.

It is an honor to serve as the interim superintendent of schools. Working together, we will advance student learning, achievement and success. That is my promise to you.

Michael Schwei is the interim superintendent of the Wausau School District.