SALEM LAKES – Connie Valenza, who remained the administrator of the Salem School for two years after serving on an interim basis, will resign as scheduled, effective June 30.

Valenza made it known when she was hired that she would not stay beyond the approved two-year contract. It was an agreement made to help the district ensure continuity during the COVID-19 pandemic.


“I said at the time that it would only be for two years and only to help the district get through the pandemic, with the stated intention to leave at the end of 2021-2022,” Valenza said during the school board meeting on Tuesday night, at which the board accepted his resignation.

“I say this because I want to be clear: I loved my stay here in Salem. There is nothing in this neighborhood that would make me want to leave this neighborhood (other than wanting to spend more time with your grandchildren).

School Board President Dana Powers thanked Valenza for helping the district navigate uncharted waters that required tough decisions and the implementation of new learning models.

“We couldn’t have done it without you,” Powers said. “You are absolutely amazing and we are so sorry to see you go. “

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Valenza said she felt compelled to stay during times of uncertainty.

“When things drastically changed for us during the COVID-19 situation, it became increasingly clear that continuity of leadership would help bring some calm and focus,” Valenza said, adding that she was impressed with how families and staff adapted and stayed engaged. at school.

Prior to coming to Salem, Valenza was an administrator in schools in Madison and Columbus and was superintendent of the Platteville School District for eight years.

Powers said the school staff have excelled under Valenza’s leadership and their impact will be lasting.

Before the pandemic, the district had already started the process of finding a permanent replacement for former administrator Dave Milz, who left to take a similar position at the Bristol school. The district will contract with a consultant from the Wisconsin Association of School Board and host focus groups with stakeholders in December and January as part of this process.

The Salem Lakes Fire and Rescue Service hosted a retirement ceremony and outing for Chief Mike Slover at 5 p.m. on June 10, 2021, at Salem Lakes Fire and Rescue Station 1, 11252 254th Ct ., to Trevor. Deputy Chief Jim Lejcar has been appointed interim Chief following Slover’s retirement.