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Dan Nerad announces retirement

Madison School District Superintendent Dan Nerad (left) announces his plan to retire from the school district at a news conference Monday at school district headquarters while School Board President James Howard looks on.

The Madison School Board is moving quickly to conduct a search for a new superintendent to replace Dan Nerad.

The board plans to vote Monday on hiring a consultant for up to $3,000 to assist with the search process.

A board committee Friday recommended hiring George McShan, a former president of the National School Boards Association from Harlingen, Texas. McShan advised the board in 2007-08 when it hired Nerad.

The committee also recommended hiring a search firm by the end of July to help find the best candidate.

Separately, the board is considering candidates to hire on an interim basis should Nerad leave sooner than expected and the search for a permanent replacement is still ongoing.

The board's superintendent search committee is made up of Maya Cole, Arlene Silveira and Beth Moss, the only current board members who were involved in hiring Nerad.

Cole said the board expects Nerad to apprise it of his future plans. Nerad has not informed the board that he has applied for any new positions. She said the urgency to move forward with a search was "literally a contingency."

"The board needs to do its due diligence," Cole said.

Nerad plans to leave the job by the end of his contract in June 2013, but he hasn't ruled out leaving sooner if he finds another job for next school year.

Board members were surprised to learn last month that Nerad was a finalist for a superintendent job in Omaha, Neb. The information came out the day after the board approved a retirement agreement with Nerad. He was not hired for the position.

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