The Verona Area School District in Wisconsin is looking for a strong equity-centered instructional leader, cultural changer, and community builder to join our progressive school district as of July 1, 2023, as the Principal of Verona Area High School. We believe that each student should have access to the resources and educational rigor they need, at the right moment in their education, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, ability, language, family background, or family income. Our success, fostered and supported through the Principalship, is built on a foundation of equity, mutual respect, cultural responsiveness, the pursuit of excellence, and shared responsibility at school, at home, and in the community.
The Verona Area School District (VASD) is a PreK – 12 public school district of approximately 5,900 students located near Madison, WI. VASD is a growing school district with 10 schools including three charter schools and a two-way immersion Spanish program. Our incredible VASD student body is 38% non-white, 28% receive free or reduced lunches, 13% percentage are English Learners and 8% receive special education services. Our staff is 850+ strong, among all positions including full and part-time. The school district is comprised of 10 buildings including a new state-of-the-art, 600,000-square-foot high school on a 160-acre campus that opened in September 2020. We have a total of 1.5M square feet under the roof on nearly 325 total acres.
Verona Area High School is a grade 9-12 monolingual and multilingual two-way immersion school and a part of the Verona Area School District. There are many reasons why our high school is an incredible school. One of those reasons is the diversity of the students that call the High School their school. Of the almost 1,700 students who attend the High School, 38% are students of color, 10% are students who are linguistically diverse, 8% are students with special needs and 30% are students whose families receive assistance with meal costs. The High School serves students from geographically separated areas of our District drawing from parts of nearby neighborhoods as well as from the City of Verona, Fitchburg, and other rural areas. The dedicated, well-trained, and hard-working staff is a mix of highly experienced and those new to the profession who are eager to work collaboratively with each other and their next principal.
If you want to be considered for this position, you must have and be able to demonstrate the following dispositions:
Dedication to equity and cultural responsiveness
Multicultural skills, including preference towards leaders who are multilingual
Leadership alignment for continuous improvement
Commitment to personalized learning for all students with a strong lens toward instructional leadership
Exceptional Service to clients (all students, staff, and parents)
Understanding the critical importance of effective communication including a commitment to listening
Commitment to distributed leadership
Driven with collaboration at the center of decision making
Passionate for exceptional outcomes for all students
Focus on professional development of self and staff
Centering our mission that each student will acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve their personal goals while supporting the Portrait of a VASD Student
Additionally, you must be able to demonstrate you have provided leadership that resulted in action and deliverables in the following areas: (this means if you are chosen for an interview, you will need to provide us evidence of results in the following areas)
Increases in achievement for each student;
Removing barriers to learning for historically underserved students;
Equitable learning experiences for students, staff, and parents;
Effective use of processes related to student behavior;
Collaboration with staff and parents;
Effective communication, listening, collaboration, and relationship-building skills;
Designing and providing professional staff development;
Strategic thinking and planning;
Use of data to drive decisions of process and practice
Problem finding and solving; and
Bilingual skills are highly valued and prioritized in this applicant pool but are not a requirement for this position.
Salary, Benefits, Length of Contract: This position works a year-round (12-month) contract with starting compensation based on experience that will be no less than $145,999 with an exceptional benefits package.
Learn More and Apply Online: Apply online at WECAN by completing the WECAN application; attaching a resume, cover letter, and three (3) letters of recommendation that are no more than two years old. Additionally, you must submit a personal purpose statement of no more than 150 words as a separate attachment included with your application materials. Failure to provide a complete application will eliminate you from consideration.
Contact Administrator: Amy Engelkins, Director of Secondary Education at email@example.com
Deadline: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Screening interviews will be scheduled for early January 2023.
The Verona Area School District is an Equal Opportunity Educator/Employer. Candidates of color are strongly encouraged to apply.
Our PreK, four neighborhood elementary schools, two middle schools, three charter schools, and Verona Area High School serve more than 5,700 students. Students come from Verona and portions of Fitchburg and Madison.
The District employs more than 800 individuals on a full- and part-time basis to complete its mission as a PreK-12 public school system.
The student body represents a cultural richness and diversity that complements our district’s instructional programs. Every attempt is made to provide class sizes that are on average, in the middle to lower 20’s.
The curriculum is consistent with current educational practices and every attempt is made to adapt it to the individual needs of a child. On achievement tests, students score well above state and national averages in all areas. A nationally recognized, ongoing comprehensive technological plan to assist in providing the type of instructional programs and delivery systems necessary to prepare students for life is in place and under constant evaluation and refinement. Upon graduation from eighth grade, VASD students attend Verona Area High School.
In addition to a 600,000 squar...e-foot state-of-the-art high school, several schools were renovated including Sugar Creek, New Century School, and Verona Area International School, Badger Ridge Middle School, and Core Knowledge Charter. The schools include modern, up-to-date library media centers, computer labs, Internet access to all classrooms, and attractive, adaptable instructional classroom settings.