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Thursday, May 31, 2007


The Passing of Tom Scullen: A Heroic Leader in Education

Many of us in Appleton mourn the passing of Tom Scullen, the visionary Superintendent of the Appleton Area School District for the past 12 years. His influence on education in Appleton has been profound. As one small example, it was largely through his support that the Classical School was able to be created and to succeed under Wisconsin's charter school law. Over 300 students in grades K-8 are now enrolled and doing well. Other charter schools have been advanced as well. And the core schools of Appleton have been strengthened in many ways. Education in Appleton is one of the many positive things about this community, and Tom Scullen has played a major role in crafting and guiding our systems.

Tom was a kind and down-to-earth man who really cared about people. He was known for his integrity, vision, and dedication. He will truly be missed.