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June 4 Meeting Set for the Community to Meet with Waupun District Administrator Candidates

As the Waupun Area School District Board of Education continues to narrow their search for a new district administrator, an opportunity for the community to meet the final three candidates is set for:

Monday, June 4, starting at 5 p.m. in the Band room

Waupun Junior/Senior High School

801 E. Lincoln Street

Waupun, WI

This opportunity is open to any Waupun Area School District resident or staff member. At that meeting, the final three candidates will each give a presentation and then respond to questions from community and staff.


Presentations are at 5, 6, and 7 PM.

Each candidate will provide one presentation, at one of the times listed above. After his presentation, he will answer questions. The time schedule for each presenter has not yet been decided. To provide feedback to the Board, audience members must commit to attend all three presentations.


The candidates

To narrow the field of candidates from six people to the final three, the Board of Education conducted interviews this week, and concluded interviews Thursday, May 31. All candidates met the criteria set forth for the position and participated in an interview with the full Board of Education.

The following three candidates were selected to return to the district and participate in the June 4 community event:

  • Jeffrey A. Mastin, District Administrator of Lake Holcombe School District, Lake Holcombe, WI.
  • Steven K. Hill, Principal, Woodworth Middle School, Fond du Lac School District, Fond du Lac, WI.
  • Timothy M. Kief, Ed.S, Principal, Chequamegon School District, Park Falls, WI.

The Board of Education will use the feedback collected Monday night as part of its deliberation process. It is anticipated that the Board will make a final decision on the new district administrator within the next several weeks, and finally approve the new district administrator at the June 25, 2018 regular Board meeting.

The Waupun Area School District is searching for a new district administrator to replace Dr. Tonya Olson, who resigned as district administrator in March to accept a new position in Belleville, WI.


Please Provide Input to the Board of Education as it Continues the Search for a New District Administrator

Complete the survey here

Updated April 23, 2018

The Waupun Area School District (WASD) Board of Education invites community members who are residents of WASD to take a short survey. The survey results will help the Board of Education and its search firm identify the priorities and characteristics that residents cite as most important to assure a successful future of the School District.

The survey is open until May 14, 2018.


Attend a Community Input Session on May 7

On May 7, community members of WASD are encouraged to participate in open community focus group to provide input.

Members of the public may select to attend either session, whichever is most convenient:

  • 5:45 p.m., Rock River Intermediate School, in the school library, or
  • 7 p.m. at Waupun Jr./Sr. High School, in the Large Group Instruction (LGI) Room.

Thank you!


Waupun School District Administrator Search Begins

Media Release: Monday, April 9, 2018


After interviewing four firms, the Waupun Board of Education selected School Exec Connect (SEC) to assist the recruitment and selection process to replace District Administrator Tonya Olson, who resigned effective June 30, 2018 after serving the district well for six years.

The search process began with a Special Board Meeting at 1:30pm, Friday, April 6 to discuss components of the search and put them on a calendar. Major early components of the search are advertising the position, conducting a survey and focus groups to create a new district administrator profile, and consultant recruiting and vetting of applicants to develop a competitive candidate pool to match the profile.

Equipped by these components, the consultants will recommend a slate of candidates to the Board of Education for screening interviews. Based on this process, the Board will determine finalists that best match the profile, announce them, and schedule opportunities for staff and community to meet them and provide feedback.

Feedback from the staff and community will inform Board of Education interviews with each of the finalists prior to making a selection and offering a contract. The target for completion of the search process is by the end of June to enable a smooth transition.

SEC consultants for the search are retired, long time school district administrators in the State of Wisconsin, Dr. Matt Gibson and Dr. Tom Joynt.

Mr. Bill Bruins
Board of Education President


Waupun Area School District Begins Search for New District Administrator

Waupun,Wis.—March 26, 2018 —The Waupun Area School District (WASD) board of education met on Monday, March 26, 2018 to consider the employment contract and later approved the resignation of WASD district administrator, Dr. Tonya Olson. Olson notified board members and staff late last week that she had accepted the positon of principal of Belleville Elementary School in Belleville, WI. Olson joined WASD in June of 2012 and helped WASD develop a strategic plan, implement new initiatives to enhance student learning, and lead the district through the approval and construction planning for a $36M referendum.

In her resignation letter, Olson noted that her new position will allow her to spend more time with family. She further added, “The Waupun Area School District has been my home for the last six years. During those years, I have admired our staff's work ethic, nurturing attitude towards our students, and the perseverance displayed in spite of some hard times. We have been able to accomplish a lot because we've worked hard, but have never lost the "human element" in all that we have done.”

Board president, Bill Bruins, commented, “I’d like to thank Dr. Olson for her service to the district. She has done a great job and we are better positioned today because of her work. Final phases of construction on all facilities are commencing and we are on schedule to complete renovations this year. There is no doubt that Dr. Olson will be missed and we wish her well in her new role.” Olson’s last day with the district will be June 30, 2018. The board of education will begin work immediately to recruit a new district administrator and intends to hire a search firm to assist with the recruitment process with the goal of having a new leader in place by the start of the 2018-2019 school year.