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Germantown superintendent resigns

Borden accepts position at DeForest School District

Feb. 26, 2013

Germantown - Germantown School District Superintendent Susan Borden is resigning from her position at the end of the school year.

Borden has accepted a position as head of the DeForest Area School District in Madison. Her last day in Germantown is June 30, after which she will immediately begin her position with DeForest.

"It's just a wonderful opportunity personally and professionally," she said, as the move will bring her closer to family.

The School Board approved her resignation on Monday. School Board President Bob Soderberg said the board has hit the ground running in finding a replacement. They plan to hire a consultant to aid in the search and formed a search committee led by board member Lester Spies to weed through consultant proposals.

Spies is joined by board members Sarah Larson and Mike Loth, who will have their first meeting next week to go through the proposals.

"We are being very aggressive at this," Soderberg said. "We are very happy for Sue. It's our loss, of course, but we'll find a very qualified replacement."

Borden started her position in Germantown in 2010.

"I am just so tremendously proud of all of the successes we've had in the last three years. Academically, we are easily in the top 10 percent in the state and there are some numbers in the top 10 percent in the nation and we've really accelerated that," Borden said. "I appreciate all of the outstanding work for the teachers, colleagues and families because it really is a team effort."

During her time as superintendent, Rockfield Elementary School was named a Blue Ribbon School by the U. S. Department of Education.

Soderberg also commended Borden for navigating the district through the changes that resulted from Act 10, overseeing sweeping curriculum requirements and updates, as well being fiscally sound with a balanced budget, and having a Moody's Bond Rating of Aa2.

"Dr. Borden was the leader of the team that led to Germantown being a best in class and a School District of choice," he said. "She is an asset to not only the Germantown School District, but also to the community and is a true educational professional."

The Wisconsin DPI's new School Report Card also showcased Germantown as a top performing district, including the high school being ranked in the top 20 public schools out of more than 500 in the state. Rockfield was ranked in the top 10 elementary schools out of more than 1,200 schools.

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