Menomonee Falls Schools have a strong tradition of excellence and a remarkable promise for the future.
Everyday we look forward to working with our students, families and community members. Expectations for performance have never been higher for our students and staff. We are fully committed to continued improvement for every member of our team. Our community can be proud of the results. We are on a journey to being best in class.
Our student performance is at record high levels. We continue to rank the top in the county with the number of students taking college-level articulated classes with Waukesha County Technical College. Our ACT participation is at an all time high. Our student, parent and staff satisfaction ratings are high. Financially we are strong. Our Aa2 bond rating ranks us 17th in the state of 425 school districts in being fiscally strong. We balanced our budget while losing nearly 15 percent in state and federal aid, and we have been strong stewards with our taxpayers keeping our levy rate declining.
The strength of our schools rests within our people and our programming. We commit to continuous improvement in all departments, in all schools, and in each classroom.
Our team of teachers, staff members, and leaders are focused on increasing the quality of our results. Our students and families are dependent on our ability to prepare students well for college and technical programming after high school. Our community and our state are dependent on our ability to prepare each student to engage well in a rapidly changing economy. The challenge is significant. Our commitment is high.
Our strategic work is focused on strengthening our ability to connect with each learner, personalize the learning experience, and maximize our ability to connect all available resources to become innovators within public education. While not easy, we stand committed to improve upon what we do each day to work with our students as we all learn, grow, lead and succeed.
We are proud of our programming and our people. Our early learning center, our strength in literacy, our advanced and technical programming, our commitment to music and the arts, the engagement of our students in athletics, leadership and co-curricular offerings, our connection with community education and recreation, parent associations at each school, and student travel abroad demonstrate our deep tradition of excellence. Our innovation is demonstrated in our staff leadership in technology, Project Lead the Way Pre-Engineering Program, business and career connections, and our career academies in Health Care and Business to highlight just a few.
Our team takes the responsibility of personalizing learning for our students very seriously. While we have areas to continue to improve and much work ahead of us, we are positioned well for the future.
Our goal is to be service driven, learner centered, and focused on creating a remarkable future.
The School District of Menomonee Falls Board of Education unanimously voted during a special board meeting on Monday, August 1, 2022, to extend a contract to James P. Heiden, Ph.D. to serve as the SDMF Interim Superintendent of Schools for the 2022-2023 school year.
Heiden currently serves as the Director of the Education for the Doctoral program at Alverno College, where, since 2020, he has also served as the Chair of Administrative Leadership. From 2005-2020, Heiden led the Cudahy School District as its Superintendent of Schools, retiring after 24 years of leadership which also included serving as the Director of Student Services from 1996-2006. Heiden’s experience also includes:
Transition Specialist with CESA 1 from 1998-2006
Family-School Liaison with Waukesha County from 1986-1988
Teacher with Willowglen Academy from 1985-1986
Teacher with Kandu Industries from 1983-1985
“The Board of Education is confident in bringing forward Dr. Heiden as the Interim Superintendent of Schools,” said Eric Pelzer, Board President for the School District of Menomonee Falls. “He brings steadfast experience and proven leadership with a strong understanding of continuous improvement. We were very impressed by his successful 16 years as a Superintendent of Schools in the School District of Cudahy.”
Heiden earned his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, where he also earned his specialist certificate in Educational Leadership, along with a specialist certificate in Pupil Services. He earned his Master of Science degree in Special Education from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater, along with a Bachelor of Science degree in Dual Education (Regular/Special Education).
Heiden’s professional affiliations include; the American Association of School Administrators, Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators, Wisconsin Association of School Personnel Administrators, Wisconsin School Public Relations Association, CESA 1 Superintendent’s Professional Advisory Board, Division of Career Development and Transition, Council for Exceptional Children, National Association for Gender Equity Leadership in Education, Wisconsin Community Education Association, Wisconsin CEC, State Superintendent’s Advisory Board for Deaf/Hard of Hearing Programs.
The board is working with recruiting search firm HYA to secure qualified prospective superintendent candidates to join SDMF as its permanent Superintendent of Schools with a potential start date of July 1, 2023. The board and HYA will work with the district community to identify the traits and qualities it wants to see in the district’s next leader.