Saukville Elementary School official among 14 applicants for middle-school position
Saukville Elementary School Principal Chad Brakke is the lone internal candidate to replace longtime Thomas Jefferson Middle School Principal Arlan Galarowicz, Port Washington-Saukville School Supt. Michael Weber said.
Brakke, a former Rice Lake administrator who was hired to lead the Saukville school in 2010, is among 14 candidates for the middle school job.
Liz Ferger, the middle school’s longtime assistant principal, did not apply for the position, Weber said.
“Liz will be part of the interview team and is excited to work with her new partner,” he said.
Galarowicz, the longest-serving administrator currently working in the district, announced in December he will retire at the end of the school year after 22 years at the helm at one of the district’s two largest schools.
Galarowicz, who was hired in 1993 to succeed Joe Groh, said in December that recent health problems require him to reduce stress and get more sleep, which is impossible to do as principal of an 800-student school.
“If you’re serious about education, Thomas Jefferson is the place you want to be, but I need to make a change,” said Galarowicz, who is regarded as a visionary and tireless advocate for students.
He said he intends to remain involved in education in some capacity, but not locally.
“The question for me was, do I want to continue what I’m doing and literally die on the job or do I want to leave with as much health as possible and be able to remain in education in some way?” Galarowicz said.
Administrators planned to create an interview team this week and begin screening candidates. The team is expected to make a recommendation to the School Board by May 9, Weber said.
Applicants must have three years of leadership experience, a master’s degree in education administration and a Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction principal’s license.