By Paul Schmitt
The Washington Island School hopes a new approach to filling the principal and superintendent positions will lead to a more stable staff. The challenge of being the smallest school district in Door County and off the mainland presents challenges for recruitment and retention. Board of Education President Amy Jorgenson says the decision was made to take a different path to fill the leadership positions and the special education director job that was held by one person in the past.
Jorgenson says the new special education director, Michelle Jordan, was already taking up a huge part of the special education department. Sue Cornell, who was the business manager, is finishing up her licensing for being the new superintendent. The principal vacancy for the Washington Island Middle and High School has been filled by Michelle Kanipes who was the dean of students and activities director at Southern Door School. She will begin her new position on Monday and work 30 days to get acclimated before the new school year begins in September, according to Jorgenson.