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WIAA to Conduct Special Elections for Board & Council Positions

Monday, May 9, 2022

WIAA to Conduct Special Elections for Board & Council Positions

STEVENS POINT, Wis. – A special election will take place for a position on the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Board of Control and two vacancies on the Advisory Council.

The Board position is a one-year position to complete the term of Dave Steavpack in District 4. He is retiring from Manitowoc Lincoln at the conclusion of the 2021-22 school year.

Both seats on the Advisory Council will represent small schools. One is for two years to complete the term of Cory Hinkel of Luck, who was voted in to represent District 1 on the Board of Control beginning next school year. The second position is a full three-year term to begin during the 2022-23 school year.                                   

District administrators, assistant administrators, high school principals and assistant principals at these levels who are interested in being a candidate are encouraged to apply by stating their intention via a letter to Kassie Mortimer (kmortimer@wiaawi.org) at the WIAA office. Other requirements to be eligible to serve on either the Board of Control or Advisory Council include Department of Public Instruction licensure allowing placement in the eligible set, full-time or part-time employment in a qualifying position, and not having membership in the teachers' bargaining unit.

Interested individuals for the Advisory Council positions should identify which of the small school terms they are declaring their candidacy.

In an effort to engage voter participation and based on recent feedback gathered from schools, please provide a written response to the following question:  “Why do you desire to be a WIAA Board/Advisory Member and how will you serve the membership in this role?” (50 words maximum).

For complete information regarding powers of the Board of Control and Advisory Council, please refer to Pages 14-21 of the WIAA Senior High Handbook at https://www.wiaawi.org/Portals/0/PDF/Publications/2021-22handbook.pdf

Electronic voting will be used for this special election. More information and instructions will be emailed on May 17th.

The timeline of the special election process is as follows:

May 6, 2022         Announce that declarations of candidacy will be accepted.
May 13, 2022       Deadline for filing declarations of intent to run.
May 17, 2022       If more than twice as many candidates file, a primary election will be held.
May 20, 2022       Deadline for completing primary election ballot.
May 23, 2022       General election ballots will start.
May 27, 2022       Deadline for completing general election ballots.
Aug. 12, 2022      Successful candidate will be seated for the Board of Control meeting.
Oct. 5, 2022         Successful candidates will be seated for the Advisory Council meeting.

Interested and eligible candidates should email a letter declaring their candidacy to the attention of Kassie Mortimer at the WIAA office kmortimer@wiaawi.org by May 13, 2022.

The WIAA, as defined by its Constitution, is a voluntary, unincorporated, and nonprofit organization. The membership oversees interscholastic athletic programs for 516 senior high schools and 45 junior high/middle level schools in its membership.

 

BOARD OF CONTROL - DISTRICT 4

 

Daniel Retzki, Associate Principal/Director of Athletics & Activities - Green Bay Preble

I am excited at the opportunity to continue to serve the WIAA in the capacity of a WIAA Board of Control Member.  I have enjoyed the past six years in my role on the WIAA Advisory Board and would like to continue to serve the student-athletes and schools of Wisconsin.

  • Worked in various School Districts since 1994 (Mosinee, Wisconsin Dells, Kaukauna, West Bend)
  • Hired by Preble High School in 2008 as the Activities Director
  • Added Associate Principal title at Preble High School in 2010
  • Have served on the WIAA Advisory Council since 2016 (2 terms)
  • Have coached various sports at the middle school, high school and college level
  • Am a licensed WIAA basketball official
  • Member of the Wisconsin Athletic Directors Association
  • Member of the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators
  • Holds a master's degree in sports administration
  • Graduated from Pacelli High School in Stevens Point Wisconsin

 

Kyle Luedtke, District Administrator – Sevastopol

 I have served on the WIAA Advisory Council. In seeking a position on the Board of Control, I will have the same mission. That mission is to make decisions that based on what is fair and best for the entire organization even if unpopular.

  • 2017- Present, Superintendent School District of Sevastopol
  • 2018 and 2020 passed non-recurring operating cost referenda
  • 2018 pass $25.1 million building project referendum
  • 2010-2017 Superintendent School District of Benton
  • Served two terms on the WIAA Advisory (2106 and 2020)
  • Former WIAA official for basketball, baseball, softball and volleyball
  • Graduate Degree UW-Madison 2003
  • Undergraduate Degree UW-Whitewater 1993

 

ADVISORY COUNCIL – SMALL SCHOOLS (3-YEAR TERM)

 

Andrea Sheridan, District Administrator – Athens

I am passionate about athletics, and a champion for children. I would embrace the opportunity to be a leader on the WIAA Advisory Council to advance the work of the Association, and impact positive change to strengthen interscholastic athletic programs that promote and support student athletes, coaches, families, and communities.

  • Hired as the Superintendent of Schools, Athens 2021
  • Director of Teaching, Learning & Leadership Integration, Wausau School District, 2011- 2021
  • Campus Principal & District Assessment Coordinator, Wausau School District, 2008 - 2011
  • Wausau Wolfpack High School Lacrosse Board President & member, 2013 - 2019
  • Blessings in a Backpack Board member, 2019 - current
  • Math Specialist, Wauwatosa School District
  • Learning Coordinator, Milwaukee Public Schools
  • Elementary educator & team leader, Geary County Schools, Ft. Riley, Kansas
  • Enrolled in the PhD program at Cardinal Stritch University
  • Holds a master’s degree in Administrative Leadership & Supervision in Education and Director of
  • Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Holds a bachelor of science degree in elementary education from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

 

Mark Gustafson, Principal – Monticello

My experience with the Basketball Advisory Council as well as my background as a teacher, coach, and administrator at the small school level have given me a perspective that will benefit the Advisory Council as a small school representative.  I look forward to the opportunity to serve the membership.

  • Member of the WIAA Basketball Coaches Advisory Council 2011-2013
  • PreK-12 Principal in the Monticello School District for 8 years
  • Coached varsity level for the following sports: Softball (Royall), Boys Basketball (Royall), Girls Basketball (Monticello)
  • WBCA All-State Selection Committee (Boys Basketball 2013)
  • WBCA All-Star Selection Committee (Boys Basketball 2013)
  • WBCA All-Star Coach (Boys Basketball 2011)
  • School Board President Hillsboro School District 2011-2013
  • Licensure includes Director of Instruction, Superintendency
  • 3 Sport Athlete from Hillsboro

 

Michael Lambrecht, Principal - Columbus Catholic

  • 3 years experience as Principal
  • 18 years of teaching experience
  • 13 years of experience as an Athletic Director (8 at Loyal and 3 at Granton)
  • Certified Athletic Administrator (CAA) through the NIAA
  • Assistant Coach Football (Loyal and Greenwood)
  • Varsity Baseball Coach (Granton)
  • Assistant Softball Coach (Loyal)
  • WIAA Licensed Official (Baseball and Softball)

 

Justin Szews, Principal - Three Lakes

I have been fortunate to experience WIAA programming from the perspective of participant, coach, athletic administrator, principal, and parent. It would be an honor to use my 23 years of professional experience in three different WIAA member high schools have prepared me to represent the membership with an objective perspective.

  • 5 years experience as Principal
  • 12 years of Athletic/Activities Director/ Assistant Principal/ Dean of Students experience
  • 17 years total of High School Administrative experience (WI Valley, Great Northern, and Northern Lakes Conferences)
  • High School Varsity Coaching experience in Baseball and Football
  • Youth Coaching experience in Basketball, Soccer, Softball
  • AWSA Wisconsin Assistant Principal of the Year (2018)
  • NASSP- One of Three Finalists for National Assistant Principal of the Year (2018)

 

ADVISORY COUNCIL – SMALL SCHOOLS (3-YEAR TERM)

 

Kurt Cohen, District Administrator – Potosi

As a former athletic director, I know the importance the WIAA and its committees play for the students in Wisconsin schools.  Just as volunteering to be part of the Competitive Balance Committee, I look to join the Advisory Council to be part of this vital role in our students’ lives.

  • Current member of WIAA Adhoc Committee on Competitive Equity
  • Member of Executive Committee for the Six Rivers Conference
  • 3 years as Potosi District Administrator
  • 2018 recipient of District 5 Athletic Director of the Year Award as presented by the Wisconsin Athletic Directors Association
  • Former Athletic Director at Darlington Community Schools
  • Led a proposal on football-only realignment (the Southwest Plan) that was approved by the WIAA Board of Control in April 2018 as a precursor to the current state-wide football plan
  • 20+ years coaching experience at Wisconsin high schools

 

Kent Kindschy, District Administrator - Turtle Lake

I have been in small schools and have been a part of athletics for my entire life.  As a teacher/coach, AD and administrator in my career, I have dealt with small school issues and will fight for what is right for small school student-athletes.  I would appreciate your support.

  • 10 years in Administration at Turtle Lake School (Principal, Superintendent, Curriculum Director)
  • 17 years as a Teacher at Lake Holcombe School
  • 5 years Activities Director at Lake Holcombe School
  • 20 years Basketball Coach - 14 years as Head Coach
  • 14 years MS Football Coach
  • 3 years HS Track Coach
  • Certified Athletic Administrator
  • WBCA All-Star Coach 2008, 2015
  • Lakeland Conference Secretary and President
  • Blair WI Graduate and two-sport athlete

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