Springfield School Superintendent Dr. Walter Milton, Jr. is headed to Wisconsin this week to interview for a position leading the Madison Metropolitan School District.
The Wisconsin State Journal reports that Milton and Chicago Public Schools’ chief of instruction Jennifer Cheatham were picked as finalists from 65 superintendent candidates. The hiring process began last fall.
According to the newspaper, Milton will participate in a community forum Thursday night in Madison. Milton and the other finalist will also visit schools, meet with district staff and have their final interview with the board.
Madison School Board president James Howard tells the State Journal the biggest challenge facing his district is the racial and socioeconomic student achievement gap, and says both candidates would be strong on that front.
Dr. Walter Milton tells the State Journal-Register Monday he would prefer to comment after the Madison school board has made its decision.
The SJ-R notes that if Milton is selected and takes the job in Wisconsin, he’s expected to earn about $30,000 more than he makes each year in Springfield. The Madison School District Superintendent position pays an annual salary of about $250,000.
-Wisconsin State Journal/State Journal-Register