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New Wausau superintendent still recovering from kidney donation


NAPERVILLE, Ill. (WSAU) – Wausau's new superintendent of schools is hoping to get started soon after recovering from a kidney donation.

Dr. Kathleen Williams signed her contract with the school board back in September, just short time before she went in for surgery to donate a kidney to her brother. She's still recovering at her home in Illinois, but Williams says she's lucky to have both a job and a brother at this point.

Williams is hoping to make it out to Wausau early this month and get to the process of meeting and interacting with her students, staff and community. She said she'd like to get started on a budget right away, a process that would already be underway with the interim superintendent.

Former Stevens Point Superintendent Steven Johnson is taking over the position for the time being, and says work has already begun. “We need to focus on effectiveness.” Johnson and the school board have already started the process of trimming and adjusting the budget to make this year's expenses work with both the board, the residents and their employees.