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Announcement:  March 22, 2024

Cale Bushman Named Interim Superintendent of the Wausau School District Beginning in July
(Wausau) -- The Wausau School Board is pleased to announce that Cale Bushman, Director of Pupil Services for the Wausau School District, has been hired as Interim Superintendent of the Wausau School District.  The decision was made during a Special Meeting of the Wausau School Board Thursday, March 21, 2024.

“The Board of Education unanimously supports Mr. Bushman’s promotion to superintendent and we look forward to working with him in this new capacity starting in July,” said Board of Education Vice President Lance Trollop, “Mr. Bushman’s educational experience and commitment to advancing student learning, achievement, and success make him the perfect fit for this role.”

Thanks to the input of the Wausau community, including Wausau School District staff, students, and parents – as well as feedback from a number of focus groups, the Wausau School Board created a profile for the next superintendent. The Board is confident that Mr. Bushman fits the profile.

“I am humbled and honored to serve as the next leader of the Wausau School District following the retirement of Dr. Keith Hilts,” said Mr. Bushman. “As a long time member of the Wausau community, and a proud parent to three daughters who have all received exceptional educations through the district, I have seen first hand how fortunate we are to have such wonderful schools in our community. I am committed to continuously developing our great schools through strong relationships with, and among, our School Board, our staff members, our parents and our students. Additionally, I am excited to engage community members and partners in developing and maintaining a top tier school system. I look forward to working collaboratively with all of our stakeholders to create a long-term vision for our school district that’s built upon integrity and trust. While we have some tough conversations ahead of us, there is no doubt in my mind that, by working together, we can identify solutions that position our district for success in the years to come.”

Mr. Bushman has an extensive background in education that spans more than 20 years; most of which have been spent in the Wausau School District. In addition to serving as the Director of Pupil Services, he was also principal of Wausau East High School, principal of Eau Claire North High School, former associate principal of Pupil Services at Wausau West High School, as well as having experience as a Special Education teacher and coach.

Mr. Bushman will officially begin his duties as Wausau School District Interim Superintendent on July 1, 2024.  He will serve in that role for the full 2024-2025 school year.

"Whether Mr. Bushman will continue in that role for additional years will be determined later in the 24-25 school year. I’m thankful Mr. Bushman is willing to step into this role and I think he will be a great fit for the Wausau School District.  With this decision, the ongoing superintendent search has ended and the Board thanks all of the candidates who applied for this position,” said Trollop.


Job Posting (Application Window Closed Friday, March 15, 2024)

UPDATE on Wednesday, March 20:  The Wausau School Board will convene into closed session once again pursuant to State Statutes:  "to review applicant materials, consider applicants for possible interviews, and may select applicants to interview for the position of District Administrator  Wis. Stat. s. 19.85(1)(c)" on Thursday, March 21, 2024 at 4:30 p.m.   


During a special meeting of the Wausau School Board on Monday, March 18, 2024, members convened into closed session pursuant to State Statutes:  "to review applicant materials, consider applicants for possible interviews, and may select applicants to interview for the position of District Administrator  Wis. Stat. s. 19.85(1)(c)."  



the Wisconsin Association of School Boards' (WASB) involvement in the search for a new superintendent

The Wisconsin Association of School Boards (WASB) hired to help with the Wausau School District's search for a new superintendent.  The organization was established in 1921.  Their mission is to support, promote, and advance public education.   Superintendent searches are something they offer to school districts across the state and have since 1991.  In fact, WASB has conducted more than 425 superintendent searches since 1991.  


what was the Superintendent Search process?

Staff and community input were critical to the process -- and with the help of the Wisconsin Association of School Boards, the search was advertised and conducted on a national basis.  

superintendent selection

The process to find the Wausau School District's next superintendent was discussed in great detail during the Education/Operations Committee Meeting on Monday, January 22.  

Click here for meeting materials

Click here to watch the meeting

Full Timeline of Events

WASB Superintendent Search Timeline Final

Public Announcement

This is the press release announcing the community-wide survey for the superintendent search

Search process:

  1. Initial Meeting with the Board:  Happened Monday, January 22, 2024.  Click here to watch the discussion. 
  2. Community Survey - Closed Thursday, February 8.
  3. Focus Groups: Professional Staff, Support Staff, Administrative Team, and Board.  These focus groups were held the week of February 5-9.
  4. Meeting to Review Focus Group Results/Application Questions on February 15.
  5. Application and Brochure Posted:  February 22, 2024
  6. Application Deadline:  Friday, March 15, 2024
  7. Applications reviewed:  Monday, March 18, 2024 and Thursday, March 21, 2024.
  8. Superintendent Search Closes:  Thursday, March 24. 
  9. Announcement of Interim Superintendent:  Friday, March 22, 2024.

School Board Meeting Discussions

Announcement of Dr. Keith Hilts' Retirement

Keith Hilts

WAUSAU, WI -- In closed session on Monday, December 18, the Wausau School District Board of Education accepted the notice of retirement of Dr. Keith Hilts, who plans to step down as superintendent effective June 30, 2024. 

"I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the incredible staff, students, families, community members, and Board of Education members I have worked with and met during my time in this amazing school district community," said Dr. Hilts. 

"While I look forward to retirement, there is still much work to be done in the 2023-2024 school year.  My commitment will continue to be doing everything I can to lead this school district effectively and keeping our collective focus on student learning and growth." 

The board will immediately begin the process of searching for and hiring the district's next superintendent.

"On behalf of the board, I want to thank Dr. Hilts for his outstanding leadership of the Wausau School District over the past six years," James Bouché, Board President.  "His steadfast commitment to our students, families, staff, and community have led our district through some difficult times, and he has always kept the focus on student learning and growth.  We appreciate all he has done for our schools."

Dr. Hilts began serving as superintendent of the Wausau School District in July 2018.