The Waukesha School Board approved three new associate principals for the 2016-17 school year, adding to an already long list of new administration in the district's 23 schools.
Two associate principals were approved for South High School, Maria D’Amato- Kuche and Jeremy Martin, as well as an associate principal for West High School, Deanna Burton.
D'Amato-Kuche taught at West Allis Central High School for seven years and served as the academic dean for one year. Board member Patricia Madden described her as passionate, student centered and very engaging.
Before coming on board with the Waukesha School District, Martin was the associate principal at Brookfield East High School since 2013. He taught in the Port Edwards School District for 10 years prior to his administrative position.
Burton has a history in an administrative role, with almost 10 years of experience. She is coming from the Oconomowoc Area School District, where she was an elementary principal, high school principal and education director.
The three new associate principals join a list of nine other new administrators that have been hired this year, something resident Reese Paul pointed out during the meeting's public comment period.
"It's a constant revolving door," he said of the high turnover in the district.
He argued that the high rate of new administrative staff makes it harder for the district and for students to move forward. But board members were quick to address the issue.
"It's an example of the type of people we attract to this district," Kurt O'Bryan said. "If you get high-achieving people — they get attracted by other districts and they get other job opportunities. We see a lot of that and will continue to see that kind of advancement."
The Waukesha School District is among the top employers in the county, with 14,000 students, Board President Joe Como said, and turnover is to be expected, as well as many opportunities for advancement.
Superintendent Todd Gray added that of the nine to 10 people that have changed or left the district, three retired and seven went on to pursue more advanced positions, and many administrators tend to remain within the district, and move around to create fresh perspectives.
Gray also said that the with Act 10, the high turnover is happening throughout the state, with teachers and administrators having more flexibility to move around.
"One of the most brilliant testaments to the Waukesha School District is those who leave and come back," Gray said. " We really do an excellent job attracting people."