Bill Adams

Bill Adams

JANESVILLE — The superintendent of Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton Public Schools is leaving at the end of the school year to become leader of a larger school district.

Supt. Bill Adams has accepted an offer to replace the retiring superintendent of New London-Spicer Public Schools in central Minnesota.

Adams has led JWP since 2012. His last day is June 28.

The JWP School Board has hired PEER Solutions to lead the search for Adams' replacement. The search firm, which is based in the St. Cloud area, also was used by New London-Spicer Public Schools.

Community members are invited to share what priorities they would most like the next superintendent to possess during a forum at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the district auditorium.

The district is accepting applications through Friday. The School Board will meet March 8 to review candidates and select finalists to interview.

The board will interview finalists the afternoon of March 14 and those interviews will be open to the public. The finalists also will meet privately that day with district stakeholder groups.

The board members likely will select their top choice immediately following the interviews.

Adams is a JWP graduate and started his teaching career in JWP. He was a principal in Belle Plaine and Renville County before returning to JWP as superintendent.

He called his departure “bittersweet.”

“I love and have great respect for the district. It is going to be difficult to leave,” he said. “But it's time and I am excited to embark on a new challenge.”

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