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LeMire picked to lead Edison Middle School

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FRANK J. SCHULTZ
April 20, 2010
— The man who has run Edison Middle School as interim principal for the past year is likely to continue in that job.

Superintendent Karen Schulte is recommending that the school board hire Jim LeMire as Edison principal, according to a news release.


LeMire replaced Steve Sperry in August 2009 after a search failed to turn up acceptable candidates. Sperry had been promoted to district personnel director.


LeMire taught sixth and seventh grades for nine years at Janesville’s Franklin Middle School. He received the Parent Teacher Student Association Teacher of the Year Award in 2008.


LeMire was Edison’s assistant principal for one year. He also coached boys basketball at Parker High School for two years. He holds a master’s degree in educational leadership from Cardinal Stritch University.


“Mr. LeMire has demonstrated a high quality of performance during his year as interim principal,” Schulte said in the news release. “His ability and knowledge during this year has fostered respect and appreciation from the staff. Mr. LeMire understands and connects with the families and community members of Edison. He has demonstrated integrity, fairness and the ability to work with the diverse community and needs of Edison Middle School.”


The school district conducted another search this spring, and 44 people applied for the job, according to the news release. Three, including LeMire, were interviewed.


The other finalists were Rebecca Eberhardt, assistant director of special education at CESA 5 in Portage, and John James, principal of Beloit’s Aldrich Middle School, Sperry said Monday.


If the school board agrees, LeMire would receive a salary of $95,495 for a 229.5-day contract. The contract would begin Aug. 12.



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