UPDATED: 2:25 p.m. Tuesday-
The Parkway Board of Education named Keith Marty as the district’s next superintendent Monday.
Marty will replace Don Senti, who has served as interim superintendent since June 30, beginning July 1. The search and decision comes after Superintendent Robert Malito retired last summer after starting as Parkway's superintendent in July of 2004.
According to the , Marty comes to Parkway after serving as superintendent of the Menomonee Falls School District in Milwaukee for the last 10 years and the assistant superintendent for the district from 1989 to 2001. There are roughly 4,500 students in that district. About 17,500 students attend Parkway schools.
Parkway school officials said Marty is under a three-year contract with a starting salary of $220,000 per year.
Parkway Board of Education President Bruce Major tells Patch that the president of School Exec Connect, the consulting firm that conducted the superintendent search, knew Marty and recruited him. He went through two rounds of interviews where seven finalists were narrowed down to four. Marty was eventually selected unanimously by the board.
Major said Marty is particularly skilled in strategic planning which is a plus with Project Parkway.
"We're looking at making substantial changes (with Project Parkway) and the change process is never easy," Major explained.
Major said the district needs a "transformational leader" someone who has a personal touch and has an eye on the district's mission and goals.
"Planning is all well and good, but implementation is key," Major said. He explained that Marty's current district has been able to do a lot more with less, and Parkway wants someone who can figure out how to implement all the big changes with Project Parkway while still working within Parkway's means.
Major cited Marty's stability and pointed out that he's been with the same district for nearly 20 years. He also hopes Marty will remain with Parkway past the current three-year agreement.
"I certainly hope he will hang up his spurs at Parkway," Major added.
Marty was back in Milwaukee when Parkway made the announcement late Monday.
Monday night Marty told the Menomonee Falls board the decision was not an easy one for him and his family. When he came to the district more than two decades ago, his daughter was just a few months old. Although he raised his family in Menomonee Falls, Marty said the challenges in Parkway were too great to pass up.
“It’s a whole new adventure in a new state,” Marty said. “I want to thank this community, the board and all the people I’ve worked with over the years. I encourage everyone to continue to work for the quality of life in (Menomonee Falls).”
Cathy Kelly, with the Parkway School District, said Parkway employees were notified around 4:45 p.m. Monday and parents were notified around 7:45 p.m by e-mail.
"I'm excited that we have a new superintendent. I know the search was very in depth," said Mike Schmerold, Mason Ridge Elementary School principal.
Marty will finish out his term with his current district this semester, but is expected to visit the St. Louis area about once a month to meet parents and other members of the public, according to Kelly.
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