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The Onalaska school board is seeking public input as it searches for the district’s next superintendent.

Through Feb. 20, residents can complete an online survey meant to whittle down the list of skills and qualities the school board should zero in on. The survey can be found on the homepage of the district’s website: onalaskaschools.com.

In January, Fran Finco announced he would be retiring at the end of the school year, marking the end of his eight-year stint as Onalaska’s superintendent and his 42-year career in education. Finco previously served as the district’s director of instructional services and the principal of Onalaska Middle School.

Ann Garrity, president of the school board, said the district is in strong financial and academic condition because of Finco’s leadership and example.

“He’s really the definition of a lifelong learner … and he expects that every kid who walks through our door is going to learn at a high level,” she said. “That’s probably the thing that is most admirable about Fran. He was that way when he was our curriculum director, and he’s maintained that same passion as superintendent.

“Obviously, we’re looking for someone who can continue the work he has done, someone who’s a strong believer in helping kids learn.”

“Obviously, we’re looking for someone who can continue the work he has done, someone who’s a strong believer in helping kids learn.” Ann Garrity, president of the school board

Kyle Farris can be reached at (608) 791-8234 or kfarris@lacrossetribune.com. Follow him on Twitter at @Kyle_A_Farris.

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Kyle Farris covers education for the La Crosse Tribune. Reach him at (608) 791-8234 or kfarris@lacrossetribune.com.

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