Scott Bleck was appointed district administrator of the Weyauwega-Fremont School District during a special board meeting last week.
“I’m fortunate to be in the position to work in a good school district. I truly feel the Weyauwega-Fremont School District is a great place and has been,” he said during an interview Friday. “The opportunity I’ve been presented allows me to continue with that drive to make this school a great school.”
The appointment was made last Wednesday, Sept. 15, following the Sept. 9 resignation of F. James Harlan as district administrator.
During last week’s board meeting, a statement was read on behalf of the board. It said: “The board has unanimously and enthusiastically voted to appoint Scott Bleck as district administrator. Our vote represents the highest confidence the board has in Scott to bring renewed energy and dedication to our first priority, the education and welfare of our children.
“The terms and conditions of Scott’s contract will be finalized by year’s end and retroactive to tonight. This additional time will be used by Scott and the board to work through and develop plans for reassignment of other personnel and Scott’s prior duties necessitated by this promotion.”
Bleck’s promotion to district administrator was part of a succession plan adopted by the board in the summer of 2008.
In the fall of 2008, he began a program through Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee to earn his certificate of district administration. He completed the program in the fall of 2009.
The succession plan had called for Bleck to fill the role of district administrator in the 2011-12 school year. Harlan was to retire after this school year and to remain available during the 2011-12 school year on a part-time basis as a consultant and mentor.
For Bleck, it was during his senior year at New London High School that he realized he wanted to be a teacher.
He grew up on a farm – a place, he said, that built some of the character and focus that led him to the position he is in today.
After graduating from high school, Bleck went to the University of Wisconsin-River Falls to be a physical education and health teacher, and coach. He also played football there.
Looking back, he recalls those who mentored him including Randy Marsh and Dean Peterson.
“He was an influence on me,” Bleck said of Marsh, who was a teacher and coach at New London High School, eventually becoming the athletic director, followed by the assistant principal and then principal. “You meet that person that you don’t forget.”
Peterson was also a teacher and coach in New London.
After Bleck graduated from UW-River Falls, his first teaching job was at a Catholic high school in Marshfield. He taught there one year, and then he and his wife, Nancy, were married.
The couple met during college, and her first job was at Sara Lee Foods in New London. That brought Bleck back to the area, with his next teaching job at St. Joseph Middle School in Appleton. He taught there during the 1997-98 school year before being hired in 1998 as the physical education and health teacher at Weyauwega-Fremont High School. He also coached football and track.
He taught for three years before becoming the dean of students and athletic director in the 2001-02 school year. That was followed by the middle school and high school dean of students in the 2002-03 school year, the middle school principal from 2003 to 2005, and then the middle school and high school principal up until last Wednesday’s appointment to district administrator.
In the fall of 2001, Bleck enrolled in Marian University’s administrative leadership program. He completed that in 2003.
Bleck may now be the district administrator, but he still sees himself as an educator.
“My drive to continually seek knowledge is there. I will continually pursue that piece of my personal drive as an educator,” he said.
Bleck takes on the responsibilities of district administrator with utmost respect and has several goals for the upcoming year.
He wants to improve upon or enhance the perception of the district.
“Everybody here in this building and the students know we are doing good things,” Bleck said. “We’re working hard to communicate that – a re-emphasis of the current successes taking place in the district.”
Another one of his goals is to reconnect with the communities.
“My third goal,” he said, “is to maintain accountability and due diligence to the district – to see that we are functioning as we should, that we are maintaining the high standards instilled in our system.”