By Brandi Makuski
Ahead of his first day on the job this summer, interim Superintendent Lee Bush came to Stevens Point on Monday to meet district personnel.
Bush, who replaces outgoing Superintendent Attila Weninger in July, has been serving as an interim superintendent at a school district in Oregon since 2014. He was chosen by the district’s search firm Ray and Associates after two internal candidates for the spot were turned down.
Bush spent several hours breaking the ice with district employees, touring schools and sightseeing in the community. Following a meet and greet with employees at Bliss Educational Services Center Monday morning, Bush said he’s well aware there’s a lot of work to be done in the district.
“Even thought there might be some challenges with this school board, I see that as an opportunity,” Bush said. “I’ve been able to do that with other boards, and I’m looking forward to having some frank discussions about what they want for the future of the district.”
Bush added even though the superintendent is an employee of the board, he plans to “lead by example” when it comes to communication.
“Intimidation tactics aren’t good for anybody, but bullying is a word that’s used too much today,” he said. “I think if we’re considerate and respectful of each other, the approach is good and everyone is comfortable, and you can move on from there.”
Bush also said he’s not looking to make any big changes, but he is interested in setting clear priorities for the district based on school board input.
Bush was hired on a one-year contract for the 2015-16 school year and will earn about $150,000- a salary similar to that of a full-time superintendent. Prior to working in Oregon, Bush also worked in Osseo-Fairchild, Wisconsin and Cape Coral, Florida school districts.