Kromrey's Soeteber announces retirement

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Kromrey principal Steve Soeteber announced this week that he will retire at the end of the school year.

He has served as principal at Kromrey for 11 years. Before that, he was the principal for seven years at Northside Elementary. Soeteber informed Kromrey staff members at a meeting on Tuesday and sent an e-mail to Kromrey families later that night.

"The opportunity to be a part of this school is beyond anyting I could have ever dreamed,'' Soeteber said.

The District will begin the selection process shortly and hopes to have a new principal in place by early spring, Assistant Superintendent Sherri Cyra said.

"The future well-being of Kromrey is extremely important to me,'' Soeteber said. "I want you to know that I will work hard to make sure there is a smooth transition to a new principal and that the stage is set for the next leader to be successful.''

Soeteber was Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Leadership Award recipient in 2016. He was one of 16 principals from around the state, and the only one from CESA 2, to receive a leadership award. It was the first time the Kohl Foundation has recognized school leadership across the state. Principals were selected based on setting high standards for instruction, achievement and character and for creating a climate to best serve students, families, staff and community.

"Steve Soeteber embodies professionalism, trustworthiness and compassion more than anyone I know,'' Superintendent George Mavroulis said at the time. "There is no better role model for students and staff than Steve.''

Soeteber was also an elementary principal for a decade in the Oshkosh Area School District before joining MCPASD in 2001. He began his career in education by teaching for eight years in Phillips and Clintonville.

Kromrey received a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School award in 2017. The U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbons Schools program recognizes schools, districts and higher education institutions that reduce schools' environmental impact and costs, improve the health and wellness of students and staff members, and provide effective environmental and sustainability education.

In 2015, Kromrey was named one of the Best Places to Work by Madison Magazine in its annual rankings. Kromrey was ranked second, behind Edward Jones, among places with 101 or more employees. Kromrey's score was 88.33, while the average score among the finalists in the large division was 85.

Soeteber also led Kromrey during a rebuild that occurred as a result of a successful 2012 referendum. The project began in 2013 and was completed in 2015. The school currently has capacity for more than 1,200 students in grades 5-8.

"I want you to know how much I appreciate and admire all of you,'' Soeteber said in a note to the District's Leadership Team. "Thank you for your support and the great work that you do on a daily basis. Principals change, staff members shift, buildings are replaced but thank you for making sure that the great work of the Kromrey team always continues.''