Board of Education

The Manitowoc Public School District operates under a Board of Education, which consists of seven citizens elected at large by voters of the district. 

The School Board is responsible for establishing education policies in accordance with state law regarding students, personnel, educational programs, physical plants and equipment, and relations with the community. The Board establishes the budget and has fiscal control of expenditures of school funds. The superintendent serves as the school district’s chief executive officer, administering day-to-day operations in accordance with Board policies and state statutes. He or she brings recommendations to the Board on all matters and works closely with the Board in the development of district philosophy, annual goals, and revisions to Board policies.

Unlike the City Council or County Board, members of the Board of Education are elected “at large.” This means that each member represents the entire school district and not any designated portion thereof. Citizens may contact any or all Board members but should be aware that members have no authority as individuals; they have authority only as they meet together as a Board. 

Board Policies

You will find the Manitowoc Public School District school board policies and bylaws online on this searchable website.

Board Members

Keith Shaw • Board of Education - President
PO Box 1657 
Manitowoc, WI 54221-1657 
Phone: (920) 663 - 9536
Email Keith Shaw

Term Ends: April 2019                            
First Elected: April 2013;

Offices Held: Treasurer 2013-2014; Vice-President/Clerk 2014-2015; President 2015-2017
Profession:  Retired High School Principal;

Linda Gratz • Board of Education  - Vice President
PO Box 1657 
Manitowoc, WI 54221-1657 
Phone: (920) 663 - 9537
Email Linda Gratz

Term Ends: April 2018;
First Elected: April 2012;

Offices Held: President: 2013-2014; 2014-2015;  Vice-President: 2015-2017
Profession: Retired Head Start Director;

Karen Rohrer • Board of Education Treasurer 
PO Box 1657 
Manitowoc, WI 54221-1657 
Phone: (920) 663 - 9538
Email Karen Rohrer

Term Ends: April 2017  
First Elected: April 2011

Offices Held: Vice-President/Clerk 2012-2013; Treasurer 2014-2015; Treasurer 2015-2017
Profession: Executive Director of Treehouse Theater

Barbara Herrmann • Board of Education Member
PO Box 1657 
Manitowoc, WI 54221-1657 
Phone: (920) 663 - 9546
Email Barbara Herrmann

Term Ends: April 2017
First elected: April 2014;                        

Profession: Manitowoc County Public Health Nurse 

Catherine Shallue • Board of Education Member
PO Box 1657 
Manitowoc, WI 54221-1657 
Phone: (920) 663 - 9547
Email Catherine Shallue

Term Ends: April 2018;
First Elected: April 2012;

Elizabeth Williams • Board of Education Member
PO Box 1657 
Manitowoc, WI 54221-1657 
Phone: (920) 663 - 9548
Email Elizabeth Williams

Term Ends: April 2019       
First Elected: April 2013;

Dave Nickels • Board of Education Member
PO Box 1657 
Manitowoc, WI 54221-1657 
Phone: (920) 663 - 9556
Email Dave Nickels

Term Ends: April 2019                            
First Elected: April 2016;

Profession: Retired from County Human Services/Social Worker;

COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS
2016-2017

BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS
Dave Nickels, Chairperson
Karen Rohrer
Catherine Shallue

CURRICULUM
Barbara Herrmann, Chairperson
Dave Nickels
Dave Longmeyer

FINANCE AND BUDGET
Karen Rohrer, Chairperson
Catherine Shallue
Linda Gratz

PERSONNEL 
Linda Gratz, Chairperson
Barbara Herrmann
Elizabeth Williams

EMPLOYEE RELATIONS COMMITTEE (ERC)
Linda Gratz
Keith Shaw

ADMINISTRATIVE RELATIONS COMMITTEE (ARC)
Keith Shaw, Board President
Karen Rohrer, Finance Committee Chair
Dave Nickels, Personnel Committee Chair

CITY RECREATION BOARD
Dave Steavpack (representative)

CURRICULAR ADVISORY COMMITTEES:
Drug Free Schools (AODA)/Human Growth & Development – Barbara Herrmann
School Forest – Dave Nickels
Gifted & Talented – Karen Rohrer
Business Education Partnership Council – Elizabeth Williams