Oshkosh School Board Announces 3 Finalists for Superintendent of Schools

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The Oshkosh Area School District Board of Education announces three finalists for district superintendent. The finalists are (alphabetically): Vickie Cartwright, Associate Superintendent, Orange County Public Schools, Orlando, FL; Timothy Onsager, District Administrator, Stoughton Area School District, Stoughton, WI; Darrell Williams, Interim Superintendent, School District of Beloit, Beloit, WI.

Vickie Cartwright, Ph.D. - Dr. Vickie Cartwright has over 22 years of experience in public education and currently serves as the Associate Superintendent for Exceptional Student Education (ESE) of the Orange County Public Schools (OCPS), Orlando, FL. Cartwright oversees a department responsible for supporting over 47,500 students and leads principals, central office administrators, instructional personnel serving in multiple support roles, and classified staff. Before leading the ESE department, Cartwright led the Accountability, Research, and Assessment Department in OCPS. Additional administrative experience includes being a secondary level school assistant principal and principal in suburban communities. Prior instructional experience includes serving as an elementary school music teacher and a middle and high school band director. In addition to working in OCPS, Cartwright has taught graduate students as an adjunct instructor at the University of Central Florida. Cartwright graduated from the University of Florida with her Bachelor of Music in Music Education. She continued her education at the University of Southern Mississippi, where she completed her Masters in Music Education and ultimately her Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Administration.

COMPLETE RESUME: Vickie Cartwright, Ph.D. (available online at oshkosh.k12.wi.us)

Timothy Onsager, Ed.D. - Dr. Timothy Onsager has 28 years of experience in public education and currently serves as the District Administrator of the Stoughton Area School District in Stoughton, WI. Onsager provides executive leadership for seven traditional and partner Pre-K-12 schools, 3,100 students and 465 employees. Prior to his current role, Onsager served as principal of De Forest Area High School and Dodgeland High School, and assistant principal of West Bend West High School. Prior instructional experience includes serving as a high school mathematics teacher. Onsager graduated from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse with his Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education. He continued his education at Winona State University, where he completed his Masters in Educational Leadership; and he received his Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Edgewood College.

COMPLETE RESUME: Timothy Onsager, Ed.D. (available online at oshkosh.k12.wi.us)

Darrell Williams, Ph.D. - Dr. Darrell Williams has over 25 years of experience in public education and currently serves as the Interim Superintendent of the School District of Beloit in Beloit, WI. Williams provides executive leadership for 12 traditional and partner Pre-K-12 schools, 7,000 students with over 900 employees. Prior to his current role, Williams served as the Assistant Superintendent of Administration, Operations, and Equity in the School District of Beloit. Additional administrative experience includes being an elementary and secondary principal, as well a Turnaround Principal at multiple high schools. Prior instructional experience includes serving as an elementary school teacher and adjunct instructor for a local technical college. Williams graduated from Rust College with his Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education. He continued his education at Marian College, where he completed his Masters in Administrative Leadership and Supervision; and he received his Doctor of Philosophy in Urban Education from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Furthermore, Dr. Williams (Major) is a veteran officer in the United States Army Reserve where he has served for 28 years.

COMPLETE RESUME: Darrell Williams, Ph.D. (available online at oshkosh.k12.wi.us)

Each of the finalists will spend one day visiting the Oshkosh Area School District and participating in a series of meetings with district employees and community members, February 20-22. Additionally, the board encourages the public to meet the finalists at three Meet and Greet Receptions. During these events, attendees may complete candidate impression forms to share input with the board to inform its decision. The Candidate Meet and Greets will take place during the evenings of Tuesday, February 20; Wednesday, February 21; and Thursday, February 22 at Perry Tipler Middle School Media Center (located at 325 S Eagle St, Oshkosh).

The board will also interview the finalists a second time during their visit to the district and plans to discuss final candidate selection on Thursday evening after completing the interview process and reviewing stakeholder feedback.

The board intends to vote on its selection of the next district leader on February 28, 2018. The successful candidate will succeed Superintendent Stan Mack II on July 1, 2018. In May 2017, Oshkosh Area School District Superintendent Stan Mack II announced his retirement, which will take place on June 30, 2018.

This announcement is the culmination of a comprehensive search conducted by the board with the assistance of the search firm, Ray and Associates. The search process included many hours of reviewing application materials, interviewing semi-finalist candidates, and carefully assessing the qualifications of candidates in relation to the candidate profile determined by the board, district employees and community members. The board evaluated 10 applicants, from a pool of 61, and interviewed seven before narrowing the search to the three finalists.

This information is available on the OASD website at oshkosh.k12.wi.us, via the Superintendent Search quick link.

About the OASD: The Oshkosh Area School District is located in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, serving 10,000 students and operating 14 elementary schools, five middle schools, two high schools, two charter schools and an eAcademy. Building community through education, the mission of the Oshkosh Area School District is to create citizens who are critical, creative thinkers, responsible in their actions, and committed to learning for life by working together with families and communities. For more information visit www.oshkosh.k12.wi.us.

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Katie Nieman Oshkosh Area School District Civic Contributor

Katie Nieman is the Communication Director for the Oshkosh Area School District (OASD). The OASD is located in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, serving 10,000 students and operating 14 elementary schools, five middle schools, two high schools, two charter schools and an eAcademy. Building community through education, the mission of the Oshkosh Area School District is to create citizens who are critical, creative thinkers, responsible in their actions, and committed to learning for life by working together with families and communities. For more information, visit www.oshkosh.k12.wi.us.

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