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Pewaukee School District Chief Academic Officer Michael Cady has been chosen as the new Pewaukee Schools superintendent. He will replace JoAnn Sternke, who is retiring at the end of the school year.

The school board is expected to act on the hiring March 29. Cady's first day as superintendent will be July 1.

"I am proud that the board of education employed a rigorous process and a nationwide search to select the best candidate to sserve our school community now and for the future," said School Board President Brian Kammers.

More than 34 candidates applied for the position, including some from out of state, according to a news release from the district. The school board interviewed five, then narrowed the field to two finalists.

The two candidates toured the schools and met with teams of administrators, faculty, staff, parents and community members, who offered input into the final selection. A final interview with the board was also conducted.

"When the board deliberated over the considerable feedback given to us, we knew we had two truly outstanding candidates, but we clearly felt Mr. Cady could best take the Pewaukee School District to new heights of excellence," Kammers said.

Cady came to Pewaukee from the Franklin School District, where he was high school principal from 2004-12. He was named Wisconsin Principal of the Year in 2010. He is hearing completion of his doctorate in educational leadership at Cardinal Stritch University.

"I am humbled and thrilled to be selected as the next superintendent of the Pewaukee School District, replacing Dr. JoAnn Sternke, who has served this district with distinction for the past 16 years.

"Pewaukee is an incredibly special place. I cannot imagine a better opportunity. ... In addition to my time in Pewaukee, I have had the good fortune to serve in other high-performing districts, including Franklin and Nicolet. I plan to capitalize on the sum total of those experiences as I work to advance the district's mission of "Opening the Door to Each Child's Future. ... I look forward to working with our entire school community as we strive to provide our students a world-class education."

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