Plank named Burlington superintendent

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MHS Principal Steve Plank announced this week that he has accepted the position of Superintendent of Schools with the Burlington Area School District, effective July 1.

The Burlington school board is expected to approve the hiring at its meeting on Monday, April 22. 

The District will begin a national search for his replacement immediately. Plank has been the principal at MHS the past five years. He informed MHS staff at a meeting on Thursday morning. 

MHS has continued to be ranked one of the top high schools in Wisconsin under Plank's leadership. MHS has been ranked in the top 10 high schools in the state, according to It also was the top-ranked high school in Dane County in 2018, according to the Wisconsin State Report Cards issued by the Department of Public Instruction.

"I’d like to acknowledge Nicole Frick, Lisa Jondle, Jeff Kenas and Omar Rodriguez, along with the entire leadership team at MHS as well as Superintendent Mavroulis and all of the MCPASD leadership, for their collaboration and continued support of me over the years,'' Plank said in a communication to the Leadership Team. "Their professional partnership, support, advice and wisdom have been nothing short of priceless and have helped sculpt me into the person I am today.

"As a District, I can only hope that the community, Board, and staff all realize just how lucky they are to have such brilliant and genuine people on their team. Additionally, I feel immense appreciation to all the students, parents, staff, and community for their support throughout my time here in the MCPASD. By the same token, I am looking forward to starting this next chapter and embarking on a new, uncertain, yet exciting journey.''

Plank was the principal at Lakes Community High School in Antioch, Ill. from 2010-14 before coming to MHS, where he replaced Denise Herrmann. He has also been a principal at Kenosha Bradford and Durand high schools along with an associate principal at Fort Atkinson High School. 

He also served for four years as the director of fine arts at Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Ill. He began his career in education as a band director at Marinette Middle School and Watertown High School.

Plank received his bachelor’s degree from UW-Whitewater in 1996 and his master’s degree from UW-Milwaukee in 1999. He earned his doctorate from Loyola of Chicago in 2014.

"Leaving Middleton will not be easy for me, as I have made many friends and professional colleagues here over the past five years,'' Plank added. "I appreciate being accepted into the Cardinal family and have enjoyed the many opportunities afforded me. The School District is certainly one of high standards and excellence, forging a tradition that is certain to continue because of the unyielding support by all factions within the educational community and the greater Middleton Cross-Plains area. I am honored to have had the good fortune to work with such an amazing staff, and become a small part of this wonderful tradition.''