Announcement from Superintendent Langenfeld
Announcement from Superintendent Langenfeld
Posted on 01/10/2019
Michelle Langenfeld

Superintendent Michelle Langenfeld has announced that she will not seek an extension of her contract, as she plans to retire on June 30, 2020 at the end of her current contract.
 
During the next year and a half, Langenfeld will be focused on overseeing the ongoing referendum construction, including the new Baird Elementary School; leading an effort to address enrollment inequity and facilities concerns in the District; continuing to advocate for additional resources for staff, students and families; and implementing the District’s Strategic Framework, which provides a pathway to transforming the District. 
 
“I am humbled and indebted for the opportunity to serve the District’s 21,000 students and their families,” stated Langenfeld. “The greater Green Bay area has been a wonderful place to live and work. Each day, I am very grateful for the amazing educators and staff I have the privilege to work with and learn from. I am also very appreciative to our community and community partners who join us in our mission to ensure that every child being served in the Green Bay Area Public Schools has the resources, supports and opportunities to successfully find their way to graduation and a postsecondary option. And finally, I wish to thank our Board of Education for the opportunity to serve the Green Bay Area Public School District. I look forward to our continued efforts to educate all students to be college, career and community ready.”

Since 2011, Langenfeld has served as the Green Bay Area Public School District’s first woman superintendent. The average urban superintendent tenure is approximately five years or less. During her tenure, she has overseen many notable changes and accomplishments in the District including:
 
-Increased graduation rates and gap closing for ALL student groups.
-Expansion of personalized pathways including Bay Link ManufacturingⓇ (West High School), Bridges Construction and Renovation (West High School), City Stadium AutomotiveⓇ (East High School), King Elementary Children’s Center for Engineering, Wequiock Elementary Children’s Center for Environmental Science and the Fine Arts Strand (Webster Elementary Children’s Center for the Integrated Arts, Washington Middle School and East High School).
-Expansion of the International Baccalaureate Program, which became a fully accredited continuum program 4K-12 this fall (Chappell Elementary School, Franklin Middle School and West High School).
-Addition of new schools including the Dr. Rosa Minoka-Hill School, the Leonardo da Vinci School for Gifted Learners and the new Head Start Learning Center.
-Passage of two successful construction referenda that replaced outdated mechanical systems, added or will be adding secure entrances to all elementary schools, provided needed space on the east side of the District, and a newly constructed Baird Elementary School, which will be open for students September 2019.
-Passage of an operational referendum of $16.5 million for ten years, which has enabled the District to maintain class sizes and retain staff. 
-Greater access for students and families to community resources, such as the Howe Elementary Community School, which is a partnership with Brown County United Way and the Howe Community Resource Center. 
-Implementation of Turbocharge for College Credit, which in partnership with Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay has a goal of all students graduating with 15 college credits beginning in 2023. 
 
“During the past eight years, the collective impact of Dr. Langenfeld’s leadership to operationalize the Board of Education’s mission, coupled with the immense support from our community has positioned the District well for the future,” stated Board of Education President Brenda Warren. “Together, we have developed personalized pathways for students, closed achievement and graduation gaps for students, created partnerships that support students and families and have invested in important sustainable infrastructure efforts such as connecting to the Brown County wide area network and school building improvements. During the next year, we will continue to be focused on our continuous improvement efforts, closing achievement gaps, expansion of community schools, and addressing the enrollment inequities.”
 
Dr. Langenfeld has been active in the community, serving on many boards, including Achieve Brown County, Partners in Education, Greater Green Bay Chamber, Einstein Project and Brown County United Way. She was also appointed by Representative Robin Vos to serve on the Blue Ribbon Commission for School Funding.

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