An award-winning administrator with several decades of experience in public education will serve as the interim superintendent of the Grafton School District.
Thomas Andres, who has been a superintendent or interim superintendent in four Wisconsin school districts, was hired by the School Board last week. He began work Monday and is expected to serve through the end of the current school year.
Andres, 67, most recently served as interim superintendent of the River Ridge School District, where he also led the district’s superintendent search.
He last served as a superintendent in the Weston-Cazenovia School District, retiring in 2013.
Before that, Andres was a superintendent in the Sauk Prairie and New Lisbon school districts. In 2004, he was named Wisconsin Superintendent of the Year.
“The Grafton School District is pleased to be able to draw on Mr. Andres’ extensive experiences as superintendent during this time of transition in our district,” School Board President Terry Ziegler said in a statement released last week.
“We are looking forward to having him work with our staff and families in meeting the needs of students in the Grafton community.”
Andres was hired as an interim replacement for Mel Lightner, whose resignation was accepted by the board May 2. The board has begun preparing the search for Lightner’s eventual successor.
Andres has a master’s degree in counseling for prekindergarten through 12th grade and a specialist degree in education administration. Prior to becoming a school administrator, he was a history and psychology teacher, school counselor, student adviser and coach of basketball, football and baseball.
He was inducted into the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2002.
Andres was introduced at the Grafton School Board meeting Monday. He said he looks forward to working with the board, district staff and students.
“I know these are tough times in Grafton,” Andres told the audience. “There are issues that need to be dealt with.
“How we respond and deal with these issues will define the community.”