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John Tharp Chosen as Greendale's New Superintendent

Tharp comes from a school district in Tennessee to succeed longtime superintendent William Hughes.

The Greendale Board of Education has unanimously chosen to be the next superintendent of the Greendale School District.

Tharp will succeed William Hughes, who announced his resignation in April. Tharp will start in September after a final contract is approved.

Greendale's new superintendent is a former high school teacher and an administrator for a high-achieving district in Tennessee. Tharp received his doctorate in educational leadership from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as well as a master's degree in curriculum and instruction from UNC. He also published a book on school reform.

Most recently, Tharp served as assistant superintendent for middle and high schools in Williamson County, Tennessee, at a suburban Nashville district about 10 times the size of Greendale's district. 

“Greendale is a wonderful community that my family and I are excited about joining. I am also thrilled about the opportunity to work with the awesome people of this great school system,” said Tharp in a news release. “Together, we will continue the Greendale tradition of providing a high quality educational experience for all students.”

The board based its decision on input gathered from stakeholders in the community. A consulting firm was hired, online surveys and a community forum were conducted, as well as meet and greets with the final two candidates.

“Based on the feedback the board received from our parents, staff, students and community members, we were looking for an experienced educator who is willing to become familiar with and embrace the unique history, culture, expectations and needs of the Greendale community,” said School Board President Joe Crapitto in the release.

Several strong candidates were considered and Dr. Tharp stood out as an innovative leader and a proven team builder who will honor all members of the Greendale educational community,” added Crapitto. “He is a thoughtful and reflective leader who has worked with a diverse student population, while maintaining a strong focus on student learning and achievement.”

Bren August 03, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Well that was quick. I thought Greendale residents would be given a bit more time to provide feedback about the candidates.
Karen Brinkley August 03, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Time and results will tell all. Greendalers, start going to board meetings. All is not well.
Karen Brinkley August 03, 2012 at 10:50 PM
I think the Germantown superintendent just got tossed in the trash as was used by the trustees of the Greendale School District
Karen Brinkley August 03, 2012 at 10:51 PM
If you look at the list of points the board said they were looking for in the next superintendent - see Greendale Public Schools web site, I don't see much connection between what they said they wanted and what we ended up with. Looks to me we settled for ok this is what we got.
Karen Brinkley August 03, 2012 at 11:02 PM
One last question...Can the Patch find out how much the total cost of the search process is including all hidden costs such as travel, meals, background checks, 'expenses'? A reporter using the Freedom of Information Act should be able to get all of this. Inquiring minds want to know and Greendalers need to know how much this all cost to end up with a fellow from Tenneessee and a local district administrator. Will you publish what you discover?
Nicole August 03, 2012 at 11:40 PM
and this information will help you how? I think the district made a great choice and am happy that they have found someone to lead our district and move Greendale forward. Other communities would not have involved the public, its teachers, or other community members in this process. Kudos to Greendale for doing so....!
Candy Cane August 04, 2012 at 12:05 AM
Ok Nicole! I guess. This sounds like a board member or a tool for it.
Nicole August 04, 2012 at 01:24 AM
So because I have children in the district and care about our schools, that makes me a "board member" or a "tool for it"???? Come on.
MacyFray August 04, 2012 at 12:34 PM
He is a great candidate. I went to the meet and greets and he stood out as the better candidate. The other candidate was not a good fit for Greendale at all. I just didn't think she'd bring the impartiality that you would expect from a superintendent. I like the fact that Dr. Tharp has a child who will be in the Greendale school district. He was excited about raising his family in Greendale. He recognized how special Greendale is as a community. He will have a vested interest in the district who is educating his child. If you didn't attend and meet and greets to listen to these candidates, I feel it's hard for you to complain about the decision. I applaud the district for allowing the community to come and meet the candidates and provide feedback. I'm glad the decision was made right away so the new candidate can come in and get situated by the beginning of the school year. A unanimous decision kind of says it all. The other candidate just was not a good fit for Greendale. She talked more about how great she was, me, me, me (I know you need to sell yourself but she went way over that) and he seemed more like a "we" person. Humble and genuine. Just what Greendale needs!
M.S. August 04, 2012 at 05:05 PM
What do you base this on? Just because they didn't choose your candidate doesn't mean they acted in such an unethical manner.
M.S. August 04, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Regarding the process, you are spot on Nicole! Regarding the candidate, well, not so much...
M.S. August 04, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Because she doesn't see things your way, she is a tool for the Board? Really???
Carol August 04, 2012 at 05:17 PM
They had quite a few applicants and I'm happy with the choice! Some people complain about everything that goeson in the Village. Bet they don't go to any meetings either. Leave Nicole alone, she cares about the village.
M.S. August 04, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Well, we got the Silver! I must say that after hearing and researching the 2 candidates, I don't see what the Board sees in this candidate. I believe that the Germantown candidate has a better grasp of our community, track record of working with the community, parents, and staff, and the realities of Wisconsin, among other strengths. But, like many of the races I have seen in London this week, second place isn't necessarily a failure. Both candidates are capable of success here. I will certainly welcome Dr. Tharp, and continue to work to contribute to the success of our schools and community. While I may not agree with the selection, I will not declare the Board corrupt or failures until we see how things turn out.
Scott McCartney August 04, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Lets just hope the board supports their candidate. This is the decision that makes or breaks this board and the members who are up for election next year. Greendale can't have a failed school district administrator but we can replace board members if we need to get the right ones on. I know people who are thinking of running against the long term members.
Smart Girl October 01, 2012 at 01:53 AM
All I know is the high school has quite an issue we are all watching and talking about and Dr. Tharp is missing in action.
our rights October 25, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Well its been a while now that Tharp has been in office. His production is little to none at best. What a tool.

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