West Salem district seeks public’s help in superintendent search

Troy Gunderson

WEST SALEM, Wis. (WKBT) – The West Salem School District plans to survey staffers and community members regarding a replacement for longtime Superintendent Troy Gunderson, who announced last month that he will step down at the end of the school year.

Among the tools being used to collect information from stakeholders in the district is a community survey that will be available online.
The School Board will use input gleaned from the survey to create a profile outlining skills and characteristics sought in candidates for the position, as well as developing questions to use in when interviewing candidates.

The board also is tapping the Wisconsin Association of School Boards to help with the search process.

The community survey will be available on the district’s website from March 16-23.

Gunderson became superintendent in West Salem in 2010, after two years as superintendent at the G-E-T School District in Galesville. He had been principal at West Salem High School for 15 years before taking the top spot at G-E-T. Gunderson began his career as an educator in 1985, when he became a math teacher at Melrose-Mindoro.