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Milwaukee Schools Keep Searching For New Superintendent

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MILWAUKEE (WRN) - The Milwaukee School Board says it will continue its search for a new superintendent, even though a new state bill would give that power to the mayor. The board paid a consultant $80,000 this summer to help find candidates to replace the retiring Bill Andrekopolous. Applications are due November 19th, and the board plans to name a new superintendent by February. Meanwhile, Governor Jim Doyle is racing to get state legislators to approve a bill giving Mayor Tom Barrett the power to appoint a new superintendent. Doyle says that change and others are needed in Milwaukee’s troubled schools – and it will help Wisconsin’s prospects of getting federal stimulus funds in the “Race to the Top” education program. Tuesday, Senate Democrat Lena Taylor of Milwaukee is putting the finishing touches on a bill to be considered in a special session Doyle plans to call soon. The bill would keep the school board, but it would have a lot less power – and it would lose all of its authority to change whatever budget the administration proposes. Meanwhile, School Board members have fought the proposed change tooth and nail. Board member Terry Falk says supporters of mayoral control have been too slow in getting a bill drafted for it. Board member Jeff Spence says it would cost extra money to stop and restart the superintendent search if the board’s powers are reduced. Board president Michael Bonds says it will keep proceeding with the search until it’s ordered to stop.

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