School board picks Cartwright as new superintendent

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The Oshkosh school board has selected Vickie Cartwright as the new superintendent to replace Stan Mack II.

Cartwright currently serves as associate superintendent, Orange County Public Schools, in Orlando, Florida, and was hired under a two-year contract. Cartwright will earn a salary of $195,000 for the 2018-19 school year.

“The board felt that Cartwright’s leadership, experience, and dedication to student success would best serve OASD students, staff, and the entire Oshkosh community for years to come,” according to a press release. “The board is confident that Cartwright will lead the school system to even higher achievement –
allowing the Oshkosh Area School District to continue building community through education and helping all students become problem-solving, independent, lifelong learners who contribute to society.”

“All three finalists were exceptional candidates,” said Board President Allison Garner. “We appreciate their time and their continued contributions to our educational system, and we thank them for their interest in our district. We would also like to thank the entire Oshkosh community and our district staff for being engaged in this process and sharing their input.”

The board approved the appointment unanimously, and other board members joined in expressing their enthusiasm for the hire. “I am so excited about having Dr. Cartwright,” said Stephanie Carlin. “Stan has big shoes to fill, but we think Vickie is the one to do that,” added Barb Herzog.

The board said Cartwright has over 22 years of experience in public education. She is associate  superintendent for exceptional student education (ESE) of the Orange County Public Schools. 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 Orange County.

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 doctorate.

In a separate action, the school board approved next year’s calendar with students off on Martin Luther King Day.

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