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Beloit School Board approves two candidates for interim superintendent, begins search for full-time candidate

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BELOIT (WKOW) -- In the past three years, the Beloit School District has seen four superintendents. On Tuesday night, the school board agreed to offer two more contracts while it searches for another candidate to serve long-term.

The school board narrowed down its search to three interim candidates earlier this week and chose to offer contracts to Sue Green and Bill Beckley to serve as co-superintendents.

The board said the two would serve the community well as they're both Beloit locals who formerly worked with the district.

The previous superintendent, Dr. Stanley Munro, resigned last week after staff complaints regarding bullying and low morale during his time leading the district.

Parents carried over their concerns to the board Tuesday night asking how the board planned to find a long-term fit.

"I think a lot of the problem for me as a parent is there's no consistency for our staff," said Kathy Crawford, a mother in the district. "And when there's no consistency for our staff, that trickles down to our children."

Former board president Pam Charles, who resigned from her leadership role last week, said she wanted the board to seek a familiar face first before they opened another nationwide search.

"We just did a search and twice before that we selected a superintendent that was in our district and I think it's time we listen to the people that are in our community right now," she said. "They've been through a lot."

She suggested Dr. Tom Johnson, who served as the last long-term superintendent until 2017 when he resigned for health reasons.

"I'm not saying that it will happen, but I'm saying I think our first step is to reach out to Dr. Johnson and to let him talk to us and see if we can if this is doable," she said.

The board voted down her motion, with Jeff Klett, who will be taking over as president, reasoning it wasn't the right time to narrow the search.

"I still think we owe it to the community that we use all our resources conducting a search that's outside of just one person," he said.

The board had already heard several community requests for Johnson's return. Hundreds signed a petition asking the board to consider the option, but Johnson has not publicly responded.

Crawford agreed she would support the idea, because it could bring a sense of consistency. Though she said she would be open to any candidate who could offer that.

"We just need somebody who's going to come and stay and love our district like we do and make to the district it used to be," she said.

The school board will finalize its plan for the superintendent search over the next several weeks. The board's deadline to finalize a candidate is July 1.

Michelle Alfini

Reporter, WKOW

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