Southern Door, Wis. (January 19, 2021) – The Southern Door Board of Education accepted the retirement of Superintendent Patricia Vickman at last night’s board meeting, effective June 30, 2021. Vickman will retire after 45 years in education and nine years serving as Superintendent for the Southern Door School District. She returned to Southern Door in 2012, as an alum from the class of 1972.
“Mrs. Vickman’s high standards and expectations have moved our district forward and set us on pace for being a destination school,” Board President Penny Price said. Vickman has steered the school district through several referendums, including a significant building project which renovated the elementary and middle schools into safe, secure and modern learning spaces. Under her direction, the district is known for its many innovations, including classes and programs designed to help students graduate college, career and community ready.
“I have had the opportunity to grow personally and professionally as an educator, working side by side with some wonderful staff, board members, and community partners. Together we have always kept the mission of our district at the forefront–doing what we considered was best for the education of our students, in partnership with their families,” Vickman said.
“We overcame a lot of challenges and saw some great successes in academics, the arts, athletics, and other school activities. That was only possible because of the belief you all had in me as your leader. For this I will be forever grateful.”
Vickman was named Wisconsin Rural Superintendent of the Year in 2015. In addition to her leadership at Southern Door Schools, she serves as a board member for many local and state organizations.
The Board of Education will be taking steps to begin a search process