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Schug vying for superintendent job in Hartford

January 9, 2019

Current Watertown Unified School District Superintendent Cassandra Schug is one of two candidates vying for the position of Hartford Union High School District superintendent position.

Schug, who was named to the top position in July 2011, succeeded then superintendent Dr. Doug Keiser.

Later today, Schug is scheduled to meet with the Hartford Union High School District Leadership and tour the district which encompasses four public Associate School Districts (Hartford Joint 1; Herman, Neosho, Rubicon School District; Erin School District; and Holy Hill Area School District, and several parochial Associate Schools (St. Kilian Catholic School, St. Gabriel Catholic School and Peace Lutheran School), according to the Hartford Union High School District’s website.

Following the meeting with district leadership, Schug will also meet with parents, teachers and staff in a community forum followed by a second interview with the Hartford Union High School Board of Education.

Schug told the Daily Times this morning she “loves” the city of Watertown.

“I love the community, the staff and the administration, but this represents a great opportunity for my family and we felt like we needed to consider it,” she said.

Schug said her husband, Tom Mulligan, works at Nathan Hale High School in West Allis, and if she were chosen for the position in Hartford, the commute for her husband would be much shorter.

She also said her oldest child, Jay, 17 graduates from Watertown High School this year. She has two other children, Adelle, 15 and Finn, 12.

“I loved my time here and I continue to enjoy it,” she said. “The district’s parents, the students and the families are wonderful. This is something my family and I wanted to explore.”

The other candidate for the position is Conrad Farner, who is the current director of human resources in the Cedarburg School District.

Farner holds a master of science degree from the UW-Milwaukee. He has almost six years of experience as a superintendent and approximately 30 years in education.

Farner will be going through the same process Wednesday as Schug will this afternoon.

The Hartford Union High School Board of Education is expected to make their decision at their Jan. 28 board meeting.

Schug, who holds 24 years in education, was the principal at West Bend East High School in West Bend since 2004. While there she has led the program-based budgeting process at the high schools; evaluated and hired administrative and teaching staff; led the school improvement strategic plan and team; coordinated staff development; and led the high school redesign team.

From 2001-04, Schug was the assistant principal at Nathan Hale High School. As assistant principal she was chairwoman and coordinated the North Central Accreditation process; worked with the building leadership team to facilitate and implement school improvement; oversaw the development and assessment of department goals; and coordinated the district writing assessment.

Schug’s other past experiences include being the academic and assessment director at Nathan Hale High School from 2000-01; secondary English teacher at Nathan Hale High School from 1997-2000; and secondary English teacher at McHenry East High School from 1994-97 in McHenry, Illinois.

She graduated from the UW-Madison with a bachelor of science degree in education in 1993. She received an English as a Second Language certification from the UW-Milwaukee in 1994. In 2000, Schug received a master of science degree in administrative leadership from UW-Milwaukee.

Schug also received her doctoral degree in educational leadership and policy analysis from UW-Madison and a superintendent license from Marquette University in Milwaukee.

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