You will see a new leader for Luxemburg-Casco School District this July. The district announced on Monday that Superintendent Glenn Schlender will retire from his role in June after being hired by the district in 2008. Luxemburg-Casco School District has been on an upward trajectory since Schlender took over, and not just because of the 100 additional students that have come to the area due to open enrollment. Current district achievement is 20 points higher than the state average, making the high school a top 10 institution in the Green Bay metro area and the elementary school in the top 50 in the state. A month ago, Schlender told Door County Daily News that after four years on the job and 37 years in education, he is ready for some more family time.
Schlender’s major accomplishments include the passage of the $27.8 million building referendum in 2018 and the opening of the Ahnapee Diesel Tech program at the former middle school. You can read comments from the school board president and other administrators below:
“Glenn came to the district with a vision, and he successfully implemented it. He expanded the learning opportunities for our students; by partnering with NWTC and area businesses we now offer students new career pathways. Under Glenn’s leadership, Luxemburg-Casco has become a destination district for learning in Northeast Wisconsin. Our goal is to have that success continue with our leadership team and his successor.”
L-C Board of Education President
“Glenn had a compass for student learning, behavioral growth and career readiness which benefited students’ experiences and prepared them for their future.
“Glenn created a listening session for the community to prioritize what was important for students, staff and the community to address the learning, facilities and program issues with the school system. Within a few short years of Glenn’s tenure, he led the administrative team and staff to accomplish the community’s ideas, which included facility upgrades, one-to-one technology, business relationships and a community fitness center.
“Overall, Glenn wanted to have an impact on the culture of the district in which it would change and adapt at a fast pace to meet the needs of students. In order to do this, Glenn knew he needed to build the leadership capacity of the administrative staff to accelerate change. He was able to do this by giving up authority and mentoring staff to build their leadership capacity.”
L-C Director of Learning Services
“What has made Glenn successful as superintendent is his willingness to work with others and openness to new ideas. He worked to bring new opportunities to L-C students through facilities upgrades and additions. His legacy will be the passing of the referendum and its projects and his watch over the district during a time of what I feel has been an unprecedented increase in opportunities for students.
“I thank him for his mentorship as I transitioned from the role of teacher to administration/principal. I appreciate everything he has done for the district and for me personally.”
Principal, L-C High School
“During Glenn’s tenure, the district approved and added the position of director of learning services, which Mike Snowberry currently holds. As a result, and with the two of them working together, the district has made tremendous gains academically, as evidenced by the student-achievement scores, course opportunities and career pathways.
“Under Glenn’s leadership, the process which brought the community and district together that resulted in the passage of the referendum and completion of its construction projects has positioned the district for even further success.”
Principal/AD, L-C Middle School
“Glenn recognized the need for public input to set direction for the Administration and Board of Education. The community event that he planned brought many ideas forward and gave us ‘marching orders’ that the community felt were important for us to work on. It set the stage for a successful referendum and for building projects that were needed, which included a new Middle School in Luxemburg. When making decisions, he always thought about how it would positively impact kids and kept them as the number-one priority. I am grateful for the impact he has had on our district and on me personally.”
Principal, L-C Primary School
“The Luxemburg-Casco School District would not be where it is today without the leadership of Glenn. A good leader is making the people around you better. Glenn supported myself and many other people in the district to be better, and I am thankful he believed in me and gave me the opportunity for me to continue to grow as a leader.
“Glenn is leaving Luxemburg-Casco in a much better spot than when he got here. The list of things Glenn has accomplished here is commendable and truly amazing. I am truly grateful for the time I have worked with Glenn.”
L-C Athletic Director/Dean of Students
“Glenn’s desire to provide innovative approaches to offer real-world experiences for our students has created a dramatic impact on the district’s ability to create a pipeline of college-, career- and community-ready employees. His empowering and supportive leadership inspired his team to strive for excellence and develop one of the best apprenticeship programs in the state of Wisconsin.”
Director, Ahnapee Regional Youth Apprenticeship program
“The moment Glenn walked in the door, one thing was evident: he was willing to listen. He took the time to engage with teachers, parents and the community. He used that information to fuel tremendous change in our district that matched the vision of the people within it. We wouldn’t be where we are today without his guidance and leadership.”
L-C Instructional Coach