NORTH FOND DU LAC – Longtime Appleton school leader Matt Mineau is now the new North Fond du Lac school district’s superintendent, the district announced Thursday.
The board unanimously chose Mineau, and pending a contract review Monday, he will start July 1. He succeeds Aaron Sadoff, who last month accepted the executive director role at Fond du Lac Area Foundation.
“I’m looking forward to partnering with the North Fond du Lac community as together, we will ensure success for all our students — academically, emotionally, mentally and physically,” he said in a press release from the district.
Mineau brings to the role a history and political science degree from the University of Wisconsin- Madison — where he was assistant drum major for the UW Marching Band — and nearly 20 years of education experience in Wisconsin. As of 2018, he has a doctorate of education in leadership, learning and service from Cardinal Stritch University.
He started out teaching social studies at Brookfield Central High School and Green Bay Preble High School before moving into school administration as an associate principal at Green Bay East High School.
In 2007, Mineau moved to the Appleton Area School District, starting as principal of Tesla Engineering Charter School and associate principal of Appleton East High School. For the past 11 years, he has been principal of Appleton East High School and Appleton eSchool.
Mineau’s past achievements include expanding “Sources of Strength” for improving student mental health throughout Appleton School District, and helping create an “Advisory Time” program for intervention, support and planning for the future.
He also led the shift to standards-based grading at Appleton East High School, and during the pandemic, he addressed learning challenges in collaboration with secondary principals to add graduation coaches, alternative scheduling options, credit recovery opportunities and instructional coaches and interventionists.
The board hired Cooperative Educational Service Agency 6 to aid in the search, hiring and onboarding processes.
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