A MESSAGE FROM THE BOARD
The members of the Palmyra-Eagle School District Board of Education are proud to announce the addition of key administrators to our staff.
Dr. Steven Bloom has been hired as the District Administrator effective immediately. Dr. Bloom is a seasoned veteran in education, most recently completing a 10-year term as the Superintendent of Randall School District in Burlington. In choosing Dr. Bloom, we took into consideration the strong sentiment from the community and faculty to bring in a person with strong communication skills and a willingness to lead by example. Dr. Bloom’s background in curriculum development also makes him a perfect fit for our district. We feel strongly that Dr. Bloom will use his experience and skills to be an outstanding leader of the Palmyra-Eagle School District.
We have contracted services with Dr. Mary DeYoung as an interim Business Manager. Dr. DeYoung is currently a part-time Business Director for the Genoa City School District, and will also be remaining in that position. Based on her strong background in school business and her ability to work well with others, we feel Dr. DeYoung will be an excellent addition to our staff. As an added benefit to our district, by contracting with Dr. DeYoung in a part-time capacity, we will be saving the district money by paying for only the hours necessary for her to complete her tasks and not having to provide benefits such as insurance.
Lastly, we have contracted the services of Mr. Jeff Tortomasi as Assistant Superintendent – Special Projects Manager. Mr. Tortomasi recently retired as Superintendent of the Fall River School District. He provides instant knowledge of the area, as he was a well-respected former principal of Palmyra-Eagle High School. Mr. Tortomasi’s role will be limited to a part-time, as needed basis to help Dr. Bloom and Dr. DeYoung become settled into their new roles, in addition to leading initiatives within our district. Like Dr. DeYoung, Mr. Tortomasi will be paid an hourly rate with no benefits using some of the savings gained by our choice to use a part-time business manager.
As a board, we recognize some of the current needs of our district will require more attention than others. Among these needs are filling currently needed positions, curbing the outbound open enrollment, and, in general, working to keep the Palmyra-Eagle School District intact and viable for many years to come. We also know that we need to take strong and decisive measures in cost effective ways to address these needs. As a board, we feel the addition of these three strong administrators is pivotal to our success and they have been added at a lower overall cost to taxpayers than our previous Superintendent and Business Manager.
Ladies and gentlemen, it is our goal as board members to make the Palmyra-Eagle School District the pride of the Rock Valley Conference and of southeastern Wisconsin. More importantly, it is our goal to make the Palmyra-Eagle School District something for YOU to be proud of. We feel that the additions of these administrators are just the first step in creating a positive culture, and rest assured that we will continue to make decisions that drive the Palmyra-Eagle School District in the right direction.
As always, please feel free to contact any of us with any questions or concerns that we may help you with. We look forward to working with all of you to make the Palmyra-Eagle School District a place that families, students, and faculty want to be a part of.
Tom, Craig, Mark, Marie, Bob, Tara, and Scott