MORE ABOUT CANDIDATE COREY GOLLA, MOST RECENTLY THE SUPT. AT MENOMONEE FALLS
Golla has worked to cover up incidents related to police involvement with students/teachers to minimize transparency of potential threats and keep the district record clean.
The school district removed the “Exceeds Expectation” academic indicator because of their equity initiative to make underachieving students feel better.
The school district was no longer saying the pledge of allegiance daily and not requiring kids to stand for the pledge. Parents complained and they are still not doing this consistently in the district.
Golla has not had a recent performance review required by contract. The former board did not enforce this requirement.
The district has still not pulled numerous pornographic books discovered from the library and these are still accessible to students without restriction. The newly elected school board plans to act on this issue.
COMMENTS RE: CANDIDATE ANNALEE BENNIN, SUPERINTENDENT FOR THE SHEBOYGAN FALLS SCHOOL DISTRICT
OTHER OBSERVATIONS I’VE RECEIVED
Important to remember: The Franklin School Board has three new liberal members; two have this week only been on the board for one year and are clueless; another (Ann Sepersky) has only about a year and a half of service. And they are now required to make a critical decision. Could be a disaster.
School Exec Connect, a national search and consulting firm, handled the search process. Fourteen applied for the position. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and one of my sources School Exec Connect presented six semifinalist candidates to the Franklin School Board to interview. Ideally the school board should have reviewed all of those applications and not leave it up to the consulting firm. It’s the board’s responsibility. The board eventually knocked the candidates down to three.
If the final three came out of the board interviewing six, it’s hard to imagine how bad the other three were (My personal favorite).
Final applicant Annalee Benning was curriculum director and assistant superintendent of Oak Creek until she became Sheboygan Falls Superintendent in 2020. Candidate Stephen Plank ran the Burlington schools. Both Oak Creek and Burlington school districts rate considerably lower on national comparisons done by Niche and other groups. Niche maintains in-depth profiles on every school and college in America.
Why bring in these administrators from districts that do not perform up to Franklin’s level?
Franklin Public Schools will get a new business manager this summer who previously worked in underachieving Oak Creek as their business manager. So there’s the possibility of Franklin getting a new superintendent (Benning) who previously worked with the new business manager (Andrew Chromy) in an underperforming district.
What if the school board ultimately isn’t satisfied with any of the three candidates?
The board then has the option of declining to hire, and the entire process would start all over.