Northern Ozaukee School District making strides to fill vacancies created by spate of recent resignations
The Northern Ozaukee School Board wasted little time in filling a key staff vacancy on Monday, when it hired Tom Dorgan as the new principal at Ozaukee High School.
He has been an educator for 19 years.
The hiring is effective immediately. The position has a salary of $89,000, with benefits of approximately $18,000.
For the past two years, Dorgan had been the associate principal at Lodi High School.
Prior to that, he had been an advanced placement teacher in the Hamilton School District in Waukesha County.
He previously taught high school in Freedom and Kimberly, and also served as football and track and field coach.
Dorgan graduated from St. Norbert College in De Pere with an undergraduate degree in education and history, and has a master’s degree in education from Marian University in Fond du Lac.
He replaces Joe Hastreiter, who resigned as principal in June to take a teaching position in Sun Prairie.
Dorgan becomes the fourth principal at the high school in the past four years.
Supt. David Karrels said there were 50 applicants for the position.
“Mr. Dorgan emerged from the field as the clear favorite and was the unanimous choice of the interview committee for the position,” Karrels said.
“Across the board, his references all characterized him as a man of character with a passion for education.”
The screening of candidates was done by teachers and administrators.
Speaking briefly to the board after being offered the position, Dorgan said he was impressed by what he has learned about the school district.
“I did my research as well. I didn’t want to come into a bad situation,” he said. “I am looking forward to becoming part of the community.”
Dorgan spoke about his approach to education in a prepared statement to the board.
“As an educator and an administrator, my greatest belief is that all students can and should be given the opportunity to learn,” he said.
“School should be a place where students are engaged, challenged and encouraged to explore. The high school years are crucial to the development of our students and should be a place for learning and personal growth.”
Dorgan’s hiring was just one of several personnel move approved by the board this week. They include:
n Blake Burgess, who most recently taught at The Hewitt School in New York, was hired to fill a math position at the high school. He is certified to teach math and theater.
n James Peter was hired to fill a technical education position at the high school and middle school. He most recently taught in the Brown Deer School District.
n Melissa Lengling, a special education paraprofessional with Northern Ozaukee, has been hired to fill a special education position at the high school.
n Cara Becker, who most recently taught at Maple Dale Indian School, will teach English at the high school and middle school.
n Anne Kunz, who had been a substitute teacher with the district, was hired as a special education aide.
n The board also accepted the resignation of veteran high school science teacher Alyssa Blum.
Karrels said the district has three teaching positions it still needs to fill.