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La Crosse School District holds listening sessions as part of superintendent search

Drew Kelly



Several community members, parents and staff of the La Crosse School District have told a consultant what they want in their next superintendent.

Gary McAndrew with the firm McPherson and Jacobson hosted multiple listening sessions Tuesday afternoon and evening.

McAndrew said they have cast a wide net.

“We have publicized the position in over 900 publications across the country,” McAndrew said. “We are hoping to get a broad spectrum of candidates.”

The school district hired the company to conduct the search, and early in the process, it handles the bulk of the work.

“We make the recommendation and then we’ll go through a semifinal process, so they’ll talk with the top five or six candidates,” McAndrew said. “Then we’ll get to the top two or three, and then the stakeholder groups become involved.”

Some of the themes that McAndrew took from the input sessions included someone who is a good communicator, visionary and a track record for being inclusive.

The district hopes to fill the position by March.

Born in Decorah Iowa. I've been a news reporter for the last 10 years, starting right out of college in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Other professional opportunities led me to Marshalltown, Iowa and Antigo Wisconsin, before I finally was afforded the opportunity here in La Crosse. I've been here since 2016. I also act as the voice of local sports, doing play by play of high school and college football and basketball. When not working I enjoy golfing.

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