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Maple Dale-Indian Hill hires superintendent

July 23, 2014

Fox Point — A full-time superintendent has been hired to lead the Maple Dale-Indian Hill School District.

The role of superintendent has shifted over the years in the district. Up until 2005, the school district was overseen by a superintendent who also oversaw the Glendale-River Hills School District. In 2005, Maple Dale Principal Mary Jordan Dean simultaneously performed her principal duties while superintendent of Maple Dale-Indian Hill School District, while Larry Smalley served as superintendent in the Glendale-River Hills School District.

When Dean announced her retirement in late April, the Maple Dale-Indian Hill School District revisited the configuration of the position, and decided it was time to have a full-time superintendent focused on district operations.

The School Board received 29 applications for the position, and after a three-month interview and community involvement process, decided the most fitting candidate was Jennifer Wimmer, the assistant superintendent of student services in the Waukesha School District. She will begin work on Aug. 14 and will receive a salary of $138,000

In the Waukesha School District, Wimmer also held the positions of principal at Prairie Elementary School, the district's director of instruction and the district's executive director of elementary education. Prior to her work in Waukesha, Wimmer served as associate principal at Oak Creek East Middle School and as a special education teacher. She is in the process of completing a doctorate in education.

Wimmer said she looks forward to meeting the staff, students, parents and community at Maple Dale-Indian Hill.

"As a leader committed to student success, my goals are to preserve the rich history of achievement in the district, establish future practices, and inspire the next generation of learners while we continue growth in both student outcomes as well as professional practice," she said.

School Board President Chris Soyke said the board's decision to separate the two roles was based on listening sessions with teachers, parents and the community. That feedback process showed the desire for a full-time superintendent who would oversee district objectives and navigate state policy changes. Soyke also said the role that Dean played in bridging staff and management relations is not as strong of a need as it was 12 years ago when the board first bridged the positions.

Indian Hill Principal Tim Reymer will take over the principal duties at Maple Dale School. Reymer has simultaneously acted as Indian Hill principal and curriculum director of the school district for the past three years. Curriculum issues will now be considered by Reymer, Wimmer and Sandy Kelm, the district's assistant director of curriculum.

With the change in responsibility, Reymer will receive a salary of $88,000.

"With a deep understanding of our district's needs, he is uniquely qualified to implement a consistent, highly engaged, district-wide commitment to a safe place for learning, high standards and the success of all students," according to a letter sent to district parents.

The school district has tentatively scheduled a "Welcome the New Superintendent Event" on Wednesday, Aug. 13. Wimmer and Reymer will also be available during registration on Tuesday, Aug. 19, from 1 to 7 p.m., and during the ice cream socials at both schools on Wednesday, Aug. 27.

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