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Spets leaving Howard-Suamico for D.C. Everest

By Ben Rodgers

SUAMICO – Matt Spets, assistant superintendent of operations is leaving the Howard-Suamico School District.

The D.C. Everest Area School District formally approved the hire of Spets as assistant superintendent of business and personnel services April 15.

His last day at Howard-Suamico will be June 30.

Spets is set to start work in the suburban Wausau district July 1.

“During Matt’s five years in HSSD, he has made significant contributions to our collective success,” said Superintendent Damian LaCroix. “We thank him for his efforts and we wish him and his family the very best in their future endeavors.”

Spets started work in Howard-Suamico July 2015.

As a member of the district’s strategic leadership team, Spets played a key role in the planning and implementation of the successful April 2018 referendum.

Voter approval allowed the district to exceed the state-imposed revenue cap by up to $5.85 million a year through the 2022-23 school year.

This allowed the district to hire more teachers to reduce class sizes, increase the pay of teachers to that similar of peer districts, and for additional building maintenance.

Voters rejected a previous referendum in April 2017 by more than 70 percent.

The Howard-Suamico School District said a job posting to replace Spets will be up shortly on the Wisconsin Education Career Access Network.

The D.C. Everest district is similar to Howard-Suamico in size, with 6,000 students.

The district is home to one high school, a junior high school, a middle school, six elementary schools and a project-based learning school.

“We’re ecstatic to have somebody of his level and caliber come to D.C. Everest,” said Kristine Gilmore, D.C. Everest superintendent. “His leadership style and personality will fit in here well as we do the important work on behalf of students.”

Spets declined to comment for this article.

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