Przekurat to step down
Nelson to replace I-S district administrator
Iola-Scandinavia School District Administrator Ray Przekurat will resign from his position at the end of the 2022-23 school year.
According to a statement from Iola-Scandinavia School Board President Michael Harbridge, Przekurat has plans to pursue other interests and opportunities outside of education.
“Ray can be very proud of the many accomplishments over the past six years,” Harbridge wrote in a letter to school district staff and families. “He came into our district during a very challenging time and led our district through many obstacles. We have a very solid district, incredible staff, great students, families and community. We are currently working on completing a new strategic plan and grounds/facilities plan we anticipate finalizing by the end of the year.”
There are approximately 25 districts in Wisconsin looking to hire new administrators and that number is expected to grow, according to Harbridge.
“Our district is in the difficult position of finding a replacement when there is already a lack of administrators in Wisconsin,” he said. “Our options are to look internally and/or externally. One option is to spend a fair amount of money to hire a firm or organization to assist in the search. And this process can take months to complete.”
According to Harbridge, the school board and administrative team are aware that middle/high school principal Chris Nelson has his certification to fulfill the position and has a strong desire to be a district administrator.
“Chris has been in the field of education for 29 years,” he said. “He has been a well-respected teacher and principal at our school for 24 of those years. He is passionate and has a vested interest in our staff, our system, our buildings, families and community. He had led our students and families through some very challenging times.”
The school board has offered the position to Nelson starting July 1 and he has accepted the offer.
“Securing Chris at this stage will allow time for Chris and Ray to work together to transition during the balance of the 2022-23 school year,” Harbridge said. “Further, Ray has agreed to be available to assist for several months into the next school year if needed. This decision also gives more time to find a replacement principal for the middle/high school.”
Harbridge said the board is excited about the future and looks forward to doing what is best for students, staff and community.
“Having a great staff and leadership are imperative to accomplish this goal,” he said. “Please feel free to reach out if you have any concerns.”