GREEN BAY (NBC 26) — Green Bay's School Board unanimously approved to offer the District's superintendent position to Dr. Claude Tiller, Jr. on Monday evening, and they say he accepted the job.
One parent, Lauren LaPlant, says she's excited about the board's decision.
"It makes us very lucky to have somebody with such an in-depth experience," LaPlant said.
Board President Laura McCoy says Dr. Tiller really impressed them.
"We can see that he's very child-centered, good at relationships, full of energy," McCoy said.
Dr. Tiller currently works in the Detroit Public Schools Community District as the assistant superintendent over high school transformation.
Tiller has said his district has 56,000 students.
He also has experience at the State of Michigan Department of Education. There, Tiller led an increase in SAT scores for low-performing high schools.
"He has a lot of achievement around closing achievement gaps and turning around schools," McCoy said.
Last week, Tiller spent a day in the District where he met parents, community members, and the media.
"I really think that keeping teachers in the schools is a really important part of having a good school district," parent Sarah Smith said. "And he said that that was really important to him, too, making those connections to make sure that their needs are met."
Board member Andrew Becker said during Monday's meeting Tiller took time participating in a dance class at Washington Middle School.
"It shows an interest in certainly someone who wants to be a leader who is visible out in the community, and in the schools," Becker said.
LaPlant took note of that, too.
"Having somebody who really cares on a deep level and understands kids on a deep level is so important for this type of position," LaPlant said.
Going forward, the Board will negotiate Tiller's contract, which is set to be approved next month.
McCoy says Interim Superintendent Vicki Bayer will be in her role through June 30, and then transition to her former position as deputy superintendent.
Tiller is expected to start at the Green Bay Area Public School District on July 1.
At a Special Board meeting on March 13, the Green Bay School Board of Education will move to offer the position of superintendent of schools and learning to Claude Tiller, Jr.
“The Board was fortunate to have two very qualified individuals from which to choose,” Board President Laura McCoy said in a press release. “The Board very much appreciates all of the feedback we received from staff, parents and community members. Dr. Tiller was selected due to his experience working in an urban environment, proven results in closing achievement gaps, and demonstrated experience building relationships.”
Tiller currently serves as assistant superintendent over high school transformation with the Detroit Public Schools Community District in Detroit, Mich. Prior to his appointment as assistant superintendent, Tiller served as school improvement grant facilitator and monitor for the School Improvement Support Unit for the State of Michigan Department of Education. In his time at the State of Michigan, he led low performing high schools in achieving an increase in their SAT scores.
Tiller received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan. He received his Master’s of Education from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, Education Specialist Degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, and Doctor of Education from American College of Education in Indiana.
The Board of Education will enter into contract negotiations with Dr. Tiller, with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2023.