Former high school principal appointed to fill vacancy in accordance with school district’s succession plan
The Northern Ozaukee School Board acted quickly last week to fill the leadership void created by the sudden resignation of Blake Peuse as school superintendent.
Following a closed session last Wednesday, the board named Dave Karrels the district’s new superintendent. The vote was 7-1, with Tom Hoffmann opposed.
Karrels was appointed principal at Ozaukee High School last August, following the resignation of Jeff Sauer.
Prior to taking on the duties of principal, he had been with the district for 11 years, serving as a physical education and health teacher, dean of students and associate principal.
Karrels completed his state superintendent certification at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2014.
He said he was thrilled with the challenge the administrative position offers and the chance to work with district students, staff and parents.
“I am a strong believer that it is not about one person in leadership, but rather a team approach that builds highly effective leaders throughout all levels of the organization,” Karrels said.
He said the district’s priorities will be “to improve student learning and help develop young people of strong character.”
Joe Hastreiter will take over as high school principal. For the past year, he was the Ozaukee Middle School principal, also assuming his duties after Sauer left the district.
Hastreiter has been a district employee for nine years, serving as a math teacher, associate elementary principal and district assessment coordinator.
Charles Schwartz will move from his position as dean of students to become the new middle school principal.
Schwartz has been with the district since 2000, including a long stint as a physical education and health teacher.
School Board President Paul Krause sent a blanket e-mail to district parents Monday morning announcing the administrative moves.
Krause explained that the district had developed a succession plan, grooming “internal leaders” on the staff to assuming new positions if vacancies should occur.
That is exactly what happened last Monday, when Peuse announced he was leaving the district to become superintendent of the St. Francis School District.
The announcement came just two weeks before the start of the new school year. Classes begin Tuesday, Sept. 1.
Because replacement administrators had been groomed, Krause said the board did not feel an open search of candidates for superintendent or the principal positions was needed.
Krause said Karrels should slide easily into the superintendent’s position.
“Dave’s connection to our community, his breadth of experience and his record as a leader in our district make him uniquely qualified to lead our district as superintendent,” Krause said.
“While this summer has been a time of transition and change, we are excited for this new school year and have high expectations for our students and staff.”
Karrels will receive a salary of $108,000, on a two-year contract that runs through the 2016-17 school year.
Hastreiter will receive the same $87,600 salary he was paid as middle school principal.
Schwartz will be given a $10,000 raise for his new responsibilities.
The board chose not to fill the vacated dean of students position, citing “anticipated financial constraints for the 2015-16 school year,” according to Krause.