Superintendent Search

Board Selects Four Superintendent Finalists

The Verona Area School District Board of Education announced November 30 that four final candidates  will participate in the next step of the interview process to become the district’s new Superintendent.

Advancing to the next phase, the candidates will participate in Candidate Connection sessions with VASD staff, community, parents and students December 7-10, as part of a “Virtual Day in the District.”  These sessions provide an opportunity to meet each candidate, ask questions and provide feedback to the Board.  The Board will then interview each candidate again on December 14-15. 
Community members, parents and students are invited to participate in the Virtual Day in the District one-hour Zoom sessions each night December 7-10 at 6:30 p.m. (English) and 7:30 p.m. (Spanish).  Links to the Zoom sessions will be sent to parents and students via email and community members can find the meeting links on the District’s Superintendent Search webpage.

“With a focus on how candidates aligned with the Leadership Profile, the Board selected four finalists from a pool of 36 applicants from 12 states,” said Meredith Stier Christiansen, Board of Education Vice President and chair of the search committee. “All four candidates have deep roots in education and instruction, and extensive leadership in progressive school districts like ours.” 
The finalists are:
Dr. Rainey Briggs
Currently Dr. Briggs is in his 4th year as Director of Elementary Education at Middleton-Cross Plains School District.  Prior to Middleton, he served 3 years as the Principal of Horizon Elementary in Sun Prairie.  Dr. Briggs’ experience includes 17 years in education including serving in roles of Elementary Principal and High School Assistant Principal, and classroom teacher. Dr. Briggs holds an Ed.D. degree from Edgewood College, an MS degree from Viterbo University and a BS in Community Health from Minnesota State University, Mankato.
Ms. Laurie Burgos
Ms. Burgos currently serves as Assistant Superintendent for Academic Services for the Verona Area School District, a position she has held since January 2020 after being promoted from Director of Bilingual Programs and Instructional Equity, which she held since 2014.  She has a strong background in bilingual instruction, having also served as the Bilingual Program Instructional Coordinator in the Racine Unified School District for three years before moving to Verona.  Ms. Burgos is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she also earned her BA in Spanish.  She also holds an MS in Educational Leadership from Cardinal Stritch University.
Dr. Tremayne Clardy
Dr. Clardy is currently the Chief of Schools-Elementary Education for the Madison Metropolitan School District where he has held several leadership positions since 2017. In addition, he was a Middle School Principal and Assistant High School Principal and served in a leadership role for much of his 22 years in education.  He received his Ed.D. and MA from Aurora University and his MS and BS in Education from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.  
Dr. Joseph Koch
Dr. Koch is in his sixth year as Deputy Superintendent of the School District of Waukesha.  Prior to that, he served two years as the Director of Special Education and Pupil Services for the Cedarburg School District and in the same position for two years at the School District of Denmark/Two Rivers Public School.  Dr. Koch’s experience includes 19 years in education including serving in roles of Associate High School Principal and eight years as a special education teacher.  Dr. Koch holds a Doctorate in Leadership from Cardinal Stritch University, an MS degree from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a BA in History from University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse.
Advancing to the next phase, the candidates will participate in Candidate Connection sessions with VASD staff, community, parents and students December 7-10, as part of a “Virtual Day in the District.”  These sessions provide an opportunity to meet each candidate, ask questions and provide feedback to the Board.  The Board will then interview each candidate again on December 14-15. 
Community members, parents and students are invited to participate in the Virtual Day in the District one-hour Zoom sessions each night December 7-10 at 6:30 p.m. (English) and 7:30 p.m. (Spanish).  Links to the Zoom sessions will be sent to parents and students via email and community members can find the meeting links on the District’s Superintendent Search webpage.

The following links provide more detail on the leadership structure and transitional plan:

Click here to view the revised leadership structure effective the 2021 – 2022 school year.  (Español). Upon reading the revised leadership structure document, you can view the new organizational structure in its entirety by clicking here.

Click here to view the transitional leadership structure in place for the  2020-2021 school year.  (Español)


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