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Appleton Area School District Announces Future Superintendent
Greg HartjesMarch 10 - The Appleton Area School District Board of Education announced today that Greg Hartjes was selected as the future Superintendent of Schools for the Appleton Area School District (AASD) effective July 1, 2022. Mr. Hartjes is currently Chief Financial Officer for the AASD, a role he has filled since 2017.

The following is a statement from Mr. Hartjes:
“I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to lead the district that has been my professional home for the past 30 years, and I certainly understand the great responsibility that comes with leading a district with 15,000 students and 2,000 staff members.  

I have dedicated my professional career to the children of the Appleton community, and I will continue to bring that same passion, compassion, and commitment to the students and families in the AASD in my new role as superintendent.

I have had the great fortune of working with and learning from Lee Allinger during his 10 years as superintendent, Don Hietpas during his time as our CFO, and Judy Baseman during her 5 years as superintendent. 

Appleton is my community, it is our community, and I will do everything I can to bring our community and our school district together to provide the best possible education for our 15,000 students. They are our community’s future, more specifically, they are our future plumbers, doctors, bus drivers, nurses, teachers…and our future leaders…we have no choice but to do everything we can to help them succeed.”

Mr. Hartjes’ contract will be acted on by the Board of Education during their regular meeting on March 21, 2022, pending the finalization of contract details. The search process, beginning in December 2021, included multiple interviews that involved staff and community advisory groups as well as the Board of Education.

Board President Kay Eggert said on behalf of the Board, “Based on clear feedback from all of our stakeholders, the Board sought a collaborative leader positioned to move our district forward. Given Mr. Hartjes’ extensive leadership experience in the AASD, school finance expertise, and constant focus on what is best for our students, the Board is confident in his selection as the next Appleton Area School District Superintendent.” 

Prior to his current position, Mr. Hartjes served as Principal of Appleton West High School, Appleton Technical Academy (ATECH), and Renaissance School for the Arts, Associate Principal,  math teacher, and as a basketball coach in the AASD. He is currently in his 30th year serving in the Appleton Area School District.

Mr. Hartjes has a Master of Educational Leadership degree from Marian University, a Master of Mathematics Education degree from UW-Oshkosh, and a Bachelors in Mathematics degree from UW-Stevens Point. He is the father of two AASD graduates and one current AASD student and his wife is a school secretary in the district.

Current Appleton Area School District Superintendent Dr. Judy Baseman has been a part of the AASD for twenty-six years. During this time, she has served the District as an assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent, and is in her fifth year as the Superintendent of Schools. We are appreciative of her service to the Appleton community and wish her well in her next steps.

The Board has selected Wisconsin Association of School Boards (WASB), an educational search firm, to assist with the Superintendent Search.

Do you have questions?
Please feel free to contact Louise Blankenheim, Wisconsin Association of School Boards at (920) 286-1864 or [email protected] with any questions regarding the Superintendent Search.
Superintendent Profile and Summary of Community Input

District Brochure

Superintendent Search Timeline

COMPLETE December 17, 2021 - January 4, 2022

Stakeholder Survey: AASD surveyed staff, parents, students, and community members to help create a candidate profile for the preferred superintendent candidate. 

COMPLETE December 15, 2021 - January 6, 2022
Open Focus Group input sessions facilitated by WASB.

COMPLETE Superintendent Profile developed based on input from the focus groups and survey. 

COMPLETE January 10, 2022
Findings from the survey and community input were compiled and reported to the Board during their regular meeting. 

COMPLETE January 12, 2022 - February 14, 2022
Recruitment of Candidates for Superintendent: WASB will create the candidate position posting and promote the opportunity through numerous channels.

COMPLETE February 21, 2022
Presentation of Initial Candidates: WASB will present initial candidates to the Board of Education for consideration during a closed session. The Board will select up to six candidates to interview.

COMPLETE March 2 - 3, 2022
First Interviews and Selection of Finalists: Board will conduct first interviews and select up to three finalists.

COMPLETE March 8, 2022
Finalist Interviews: The Board and two advisory groups will interview the finalists. The advisory groups will provide feedback to the Board.

COMPLETE March 8 - 9, 2022
New Superintendent Selection: WASB will facilitate the selection of the new superintendent with the AASD Board of Education. 

The new Superintendent's contract is approved. Transition planning begins. 

July 1, 2022
New Superintendent Start Date.