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Rapids school board approves its new superintendent

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by Colby Robertson

WISCONSIN RAPIDS (WAOW) -- The Wisconsin Rapids school board approves its new superintendent. It was a unanimous yes during a board meeting Tuesday afternoon.

The Wisconsin Rapids School board offers Colleen Dickmann a two year contract as the new superintendent. Dickmann has been a part of the Wisconsin Rapids school district for nearly 20 years, so she's more than familiar with the district she's now in charge of.

Hiring Colleen Dickmann was an easy decision for school board leaders. As a 19-year veteran of the Wisconsin Rapids school district, they're confident she'll hit the ground running in a district she's very familiar with.

Board president Mary Rayome says, "That had a big part to play in it. We have a lot of staff support for her and she's a team player, she's going to do what's best for our students and I think it's a good fit for our district."

Over the next couple of weeks Dickmann will finish up her teaching duties as a 7th and 8th grade social studies teacher. Then, first on her to-do list as superintendent is to create a long-term strategic plan to ensure kids in the district continue to get a solid education.

Dickmann says, "One of the big things would be to look at a long range strategic plan. I know the board is interested in doing that and when I say long range I'm saying 2, 3, 5 years a years re-visit and to set something in place that is more proactive than reactive so we can meet the needs of the district of the kids."

Throughout her career with the Rapids school district she's worked as an assistant junior high principal, an elementary principal and director of human resources. The budget deficit the district is faced with is something she's not afraid to tackle.

Dickmann says, "Budget issues are really nothing new, so I'm very familiar as a building principal, looking at how I'm going to make the budget as an HR director. I've had to deal with teacher layoffs and contracts and trying to make budgets work so it's really nothing new."

The board did hire a consulting firm to help with the search. The other final candidate was a superintendent at a small district out of the area. Dickmann's contract begins August 1st.

Online Reporter: Colby Robertson

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