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School Board Officially Hires Daniel Nerad as Birmingham's Next Superintendent

School Board President Susan Hill said the current superintendent of the Madison Metropolitan School District signed a contract with Birmingham Tuesday afternoon.

It's official: the Birmingham Board of Education passed a resolution Tuesday night officially hiring Daniel Nerad at the district's next superintendent.

School Board President Susan Hill said Nerad — the current superintendent of the Madison (WI) Metropolitan School District — signed a contract with the district earlier Tuesday, with an official start date of July 1.

, 60, as the next superintendent on June 11 after a two-month search process. after f in late May and early June.

The school board has been working to replace , who announced in late March that he would be taking a superintendent position in Glenbard Township, IL. Tuesday was Larson's last school board meeting.

After naming Nerad as a finalist, Hill and trustee Steve Scheidt visited Nerad in Madison, a trip which illustrated, according to Scheidt, the profound impact Nerad has had on teachers, students and parents.

"We felt good coming in, we felt great coming out," Hill said.

According to Hill, Nerad continues to negotiate a way out of his contract in Madison. According to the Wisconsin State Journal, Nerad's current contract expires in June 2013 and requires he give five months' notice before leaving.

However, Madison School Board President James Howard said last week the board would be willing to negotiate ways to help Nerad leave. Hill said they expect a final plan from Nerad later this week.

Alan Stamm June 20, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Sealing the deal to bring in an experienced, impressive superintendent just three months -- to the day -- after Dave Lason's resignation announcement is priceless, in effect. That said, a price is literally involved. Supt. Larson's base salary this school year was $179,708, a contract at the district's site shows. Dan Nerad's "salary was $206,474," the Wisconsin State Journal reported June 12. It would be interesting to know his 2012-13 compensation from Birmingham Public Schools in the newly signed contract.
LarryW June 20, 2012 at 05:11 PM
I'm certain Nerad would happily take a cut in pay to get out of Madison; from a district with ever increasing problems, back biting politics and no clue, to a district of high achievers and half the size, think of the differential pay between Birmingham and Madison as combat pay.

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