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WiRSA Welcomes New Executive Director
Kim Kaukl has been selected by the Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance Board of Directors to serve as the next executive director of WiRSA. Kaukl will be replacing Jerry Fiene who is retiring after four years as the first executive director of the Alliance.
Kaukl’s administrative experience includes 14 years as high school principal at River Valley High School in Spring Green, Wisconsin as well as seventeen years of leadership in other Wisconsin high schools. He has worked in public education for 34 years. He comes to WiRSA with a passion for serving rural schools and a desire to continue to advocate for their interests and positions.
When asked, Kaukl indicated that he is honored to be selected as the second executive director and thanks the board for their confidence in them.
“I am looking forward to providing leadership services for an organization focused on rural schools and communities and welcome the opportunity to work with Jerry Fiene during a transition period. He has done a great job growing the Alliance.”
Kim indicated that along with his passion for rural schools, the reason he had an interest in this position is that board members, administrators and teachers, as well as post-secondary institutions, govern WiRSA membership.
WiRSA is a growing organization with 175 members that include school districts, Cooperative Educational Service Agencies, post-secondary institutions, associate members and individuals. The mission of the organization includes strengthening rural schools and communities by working collaboratively to solve issues, sharing educational best practices and advocating at the local, state and national level’s on behalf of the membership.
Kaukl’s official start day was July 1, 2015.