The Kaukauna Galloping Ghost statue in front of Kaukauna Area High School. KCN photo.

KAUKAUNA – The Kaukauna Area School District has narrowed its search for superintendent to three finalists who will meet with a community stakeholder group and the board on Wednesday, January 26. 

“The Board is grateful for the outstanding candidates who applied to lead our Kaukauna Strong district after Superintendent Mark Duerwaechter retires in June,” Board President Kathryn Breitzman said.

“Thank you to everyone who completed our recent survey seeking community input on your desired qualifications for the next superintendent. We used the survey results to help choose the finalists,” she added.

The announcement was made Friday in a news release.

In alphabetical order, the three finalists are: 

  • Kevin Krutzik, Principal of Sheboygan Falls High School. Krutzik served as Principal at Oshkosh Lourdes Middle/High School and Assistant Principal at Fond du Lac High School before joining Sheboygan Falls in 2018. He previously taught business and information technology at Manitowoc Lincoln High School and Washington Middle School. 
  • Mike Slowinski, Principal of Menasha High School. Slowinski served as Library and Technology Coordinator at West DePere School District and Associate Principal at Appleton East High School before joining Menasha in 2018. He previously was an English teacher at West DePere High School.
  • Matthew Smith, Director of Secondary Education at Kaukauna Area School District. Smith served as Associate Principal at Neenah High School from 2004 until 2013 when he joined Kaukauna. He previously taught English at Neenah High School and served as Chess Coach, Yearbook Advisor and Assistant Forensics Coach. 

Next Steps
The school district hired Cooperative Educational Service Agency (CESA) 6 to lead the Board through the search process. The CESA 6 team screened applicants and presented a slate of candidates to the Board on January 12.

A community stakeholder group of district and community representatives, including parents, teachers, staff and community partners, will meet the three finalists on January 26 and provide feedback to the Board. The Board will interview the three finalists that evening and hopes to finalize the hiring of the next superintendent by February to start effective July 1. Please see our search process and timeline.

Duerwaechter is retiring in June 2022 after leading Kaukauna schools for the past 10 years and serving 34 years in education.

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By staff