Board chooses Mantei from field of 50 applicants in latest front-office change
A former Cedarburg School District administrator is the new principal at Grafton High School.
The Grafton School Board on July 8 approved a contract for Scott Mantei, who served the past two years as the principal at Watertown High School.
Before that, Mantei was an associate principal at Cedarburg High School for 12 years.
Grafton Supt. Mel Lightner said Mantei was chosen from among 50 applicants for the Grafton High School post, which was previously held by Ken McCormick.
McCormick resigned last month after 11 years as principal.
Mantei began his career in public education as a business and information technology teacher at Cedarburg High School. He received a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in educational administration from Concordia University Wisconsin in Mequon.
“The interview team — consisting of parents, teachers, clerical staff and administrators — was very impressed with Mr. Mantei’s leadership and human relations skills,” Lightner said.
“He will work collaboratively with others to continue to make Grafton High School a great place for our students.”
Mantei said a favorable impression of the Grafton School District prompted him to apply for his new job.
“Although I enjoyed my time at Watertown High School, when I heard about the opening at Grafton, I immediately became excited as I knew I wanted to pursue the position,” Mantei said.
“Having been in Cedarburg for 12 years, I have seen the positive transformation of the Grafton community.”
In a news release issued by the Grafton district, Mantei said he believes in achieving success for all students through collaborative processes that continually improve the school and looks forward to meeting students, staff, parents and other local residents.
He and his wife Jennifer, who is a social worker, have three children: son Carter, 7, and daughters Avery, 5, and Harper, 1.
Mantei’s starting salary is $119,500.
His hiring continues a series of administrative changes in the Grafton School District. In addition to replacing McCormick, the board hired Kevin Deering for the newly combined position of associate principal/athletic director at the high school.
In making that change, the board chose not to renew the contracts of Associate Principal Aaron Hilts and Athletic Director Scott Parsons. Lightner said those changes were made as part of cost-saving moves in response to a projected budget deficit for the 2015-16 year.