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Rochester schools assistant superintendent to stay

Brenda Lewis

Rochester Public Schools Assistant Superintendent Brenda Lewis will not be heading to West Bend, Wis. after being named as a finalist for a superintendent's position in the district in late May .

It was announced Tuesday that another candidate, Erik Olson, from Sun Prairie, Wis. received the job, according to the school district's website . The district announced that it had made a hire in early June, but did not release the candidate's name, pending a review of credentials and background checks.

"I am in a win-win situation," Lewis said in an email statement in late May. "I love my work and role within Rochester Public Schools. I am also very interested in the West Bend Superintendent post."

"The West Bend school district has a number of similarities to our district and I feel my strengths and skill sets align with the attributes of the desired superintendent of West Bend," she told the Post-Bulletin in May.

West Bend's district serves about 7,000 students and is located about 30 miles north of Milwaukee.


Lewis has been assistant superintendent with RPS since July 2013, but worked in the district prior to that, beginning in 2011, as executive director of secondary education. The position she currently holds was created in 2013, when Superintendent Michael Muñoz decided to restructure the cabinet, creating an assistant superintendent position.

Muñoz was also a finalist for another superintendent's position in Lawrence, Kansas in March, but another candidate got the job. Muñoz said the job would have allowed him to be closer to family.

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