BOSCOBEL - The Boscobel School Board has hired Lisa Wallin-Kapinus as the district’s new administrator, effective July 1. Wallin-Kapinus was among three candidates interviewed on Jan. 21. She was offered the two-year contract last Tuesday and accepted it last Thursday, Jan. 28.
“I am excited about the opportunity to serve in the Boscobel Area School District,” she said. “My educational career started with the Boscobel District in 1995 when the district game me the opportunity to be a student teacher in the elementary. I am truly honored to have another opportunity to serve the district as the district administrator.
Wallin-Kapinus currently serves as the District Assistant Principal (PK-12) in Fennimore. Prior to that she worked as the District Instructional Coach (PK-12) for the Wauzeka-Steuben School District, “essentially teaching teachers how to teach,” said current Boscobel Interim Administrator Bryce Bird.
“Lisa comes to our district with a wealth of knowledge and experience, from being a teacher, athletic coach, assessment coordinator, dean of students, assistant principal, curriculum director, instructional coach and response to intervention coordinator, as well as being very involved with professional learning communities in her current position as the District Assistant Principal at Fennimore,” Bird wrote in an e-mail to the board and Boscobel staff members. “Lisa was the top choice from all three of our interview groups and we are fortunate to have such a talented candidate accept the District Administrator position here at Boscobel.”
Wallin-Kapinus will be paid $115,000 annually, a figure Bird said was slightly below the SWAL average for school administrators. She grew up in Steuben and graduated from Wauzeka-Steuben School. While teaching there from 1995-2015 she was named Elementary Teacher of the Year (2014-15) as well as Ridge & Valley Softball Coach of the Year (2009 and 2015).
“I took this position because of the positive experiences I have had over the years with the community and the district,” she said. “I am very appreciative of the school board, staff and community members that served in the interview process. I felt all members of the committee showed their dedication and commitment to finding a leader that works in a collaborative manner with open-lines of communication to get the entire community involved in providing high-quality educational experiences for all students and families. I look forward to working for the district for many years in a team-oriented environment that is committed to reflection, goal setting, strategic planning, and is action-orientated with accountability practices.”Wallin-Kapinus will replace Bird, who took the position on an interim basis after former Administrator Greg Bell, Jr. went on medical leave last July. He died of pancreatic cancer in September.