For Immediate Release: Sunday, February 3

Contact: Rachel Strauch-Nelson (608) 444-1129

The Madison Metropolitan School District Board of Education today named two finalists for the Superintendent of Schools. Following a national search, the initial paper screening by the Board’s search consultants, a paper screening by the Board and an initial round of interviews, the Board has identified the following finalists:

  •           Dr. Jennifer Cheatham, Chief of Instruction, Chicago Public Schools
  •           Dr. Walter Milton, Jr., Superintendent, Springfield Public Schools,  Springfield IL     

“We are excited about the caliber of our finalists, and we are eager to give the community the opportunity to meet these outstanding candidates,” said Board President James Howard.

Finalists will participate in a community forum on Thursday, February 7 at 5:45pm at the Monona Terrace. Community members will have the opportunity to hear from the finalists and ask questions.

In addition to the community forum, finalists will also visit schools, meet with district staff and have their final interview with the Board.

If community members are unable to attend the forum, they are also invited to submit their comments to

The Board started the search process this fall by asking the community for input. Using that input, the Board’s search consultants, Ray and Associates, developed a profile of what the district and community is looking for in a superintendent. Ray and Associates used that profile over three months of national recruitment. Through that search, 65 candidates were screened.