Friday, March 02, 2018

Dr. Vickie Cartwright Selected by School Board to Lead Oshkosh Area School District

The Oshkosh Area School District Board of Education is pleased to announce the selection and appointment of Dr. Vickie Cartwright as the next superintendent of the Oshkosh Area School District (OASD). On Wednesday, February 28, 2018, the board voted unanimously to approve a two-year contract with Cartwright, at a salary of $195,000 for the 2018-19 school year. Cartwright will take office on July 1, 2018.

Dr. Vickie Cartwright is currently the Associate Superintendent for Exceptional Student Education (ESE) of the Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) in Orlando, FL. Before leading the ESE department, Cartwright led the Accountability, Research, and Assessment Department in OCPS. Additional administrative experience includes being a secondary level school assistant principal and principal in suburban communities. Prior instructional experience includes serving as an elementary school music teacher and a middle and high school band director. In addition to working in OCPS, Cartwright has taught graduate students as an adjunct instructor at the University of Central Florida. Cartwright graduated from the University of Florida with her Bachelor of Music in Music Education. She continued her education at the University of Southern Mississippi, where she completed her Masters in Music Education and ultimately her Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Administration.

The board felt that Cartwright’s leadership, experience, and dedication to student success would best serve OASD students, staff, and the entire Oshkosh community for years to come. The board is confident that Cartwright will lead the school system to even higher achievement allowing the Oshkosh Area School District to continue building community through education and helping all students become problem-solving, independent, lifelong learners who contribute to society. This announcement follows the board’s interviews last week with three finalists. District employees, stakeholders, and community members also had the opportunity to meet the finalists during meet-and-greet receptions and provide written input to the board.

“All three finalists were exceptional candidates,” stated Board President Allison Garner. “We appreciate their time and their continued contributions to our educational system, and we thank them for their interest in our district. We would also like to thank the entire Oshkosh community and our district staff for being engaged in this process and sharing their input.”

After an extensive search process, led by Ray and Associates, 61 applications were received; the firm interviewed and conducted reference checks with references, state officials, and individuals who knew the candidates’ abilities and strengths. The firm then recommended the school board review 10 applications, representing candidates from Florida, Virginia, and Wisconsin. The board reviewed those applications on February 5, 2018, and invited a diverse group of seven candidates to the initial round of interviews, held the week of February 12. The school board announced on February 16, its selection of three finalists for the second round of interviews and public meet-and-greet receptions, held February 20, 21 and 22. 

Cartwright will succeed Superintendent Stan Mack II on July 1, 2018. In May 2017, Superintendent Mack announced his retirement, which will take place on June 30, 2018.
About the OASD: The Oshkosh Area School District is located in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, serving 10,000 students and operating 14 elementary schools, five middle schools, two high schools, two charter schools and an eAcademy. Building community through education, the mission of the Oshkosh Area School District is to create citizens who are critical, creative thinkers, responsible in their actions, and committed to learning for life by working together with families and communities. For more information visit .


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