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Superintendent Search

The Wausau School Board is currently searching for the next superintendent of the Wausau School District.   Our current superintendent, Dr. Keith Hilts, is retiring at the end of the 2023-2024 school year.  

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

The Wisconsin Association of School Boards (WASB) has been 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.  

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What does the timeline for the Wausau School District Superintendent Search look like?

The work to identify the next superintendent will take about 3-4 months to complete.  Staff and community input will be included as part of the search process.  It's also important to note, that the Wisconsin Association of School Boards will advertise and conduct this search on a national basis.  

process for 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.  

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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

Activities Completed To Date:

  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

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.