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Former CCSD Superintendent Demond Means Has a New Job

Demond Means at a 2019 school board meeting. Credit: Whitley Carpenter

Former Clarke County School District superintendent Demond Means is back in Wisconsin and was recently hired to head another school district there.

Wauwatosa, a Milwaukee suburb, chose Means from among three finalists. According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:

“We are extremely pleased with the outcome of our extensive search process. Dr. Means’ qualifications are a true reflection of the Superintendent Profile that was created by our learning community, proving that he is truly the best fit to carry forward the vision, mission and values of the Wauwatosa School District,” Board President Eric Jessup-Anger said in a news release. “His track record of driving continuous improvement in student learning, along with his commitment to building strong relationships that benefit students, aligns perfectly with the Wauwatosa School District and establishes his ability to succeed in this role.”

The school board sought input on the hiring via focus groups, surveys and email communications to the board. School Exec Connect, a national search and consulting firm, used that information to develop a superintendent profile

“The opportunity to join a community that has fully accepted the audacious goal of closing academic and opportunity gaps along with the persisting climate gap has piqued my professional interest in ways that I have never been enthused before in my career. I am anxious to start serving the children, staff, school board, and community of the Wauwatosa School District,” Means added in his statement. 

Means, a Milwaukee native, served as director of human resources for Wauwatosa before becoming superintendent of the Mequon-Thiensville school system, also near Milwaukee. CCSD hired him in 2017. Since agreeing to a buyout with CCSD last year after his feud with school-board members culminated in eight months on administrative leave, Means has been working for the Wisconsin Department of Education.