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St. Catherine's High School

St. Catherine's High School, 1200 Park Ave., Racine.

RACINE — The Archdiocese of Milwaukee announced Monday that Brenda White, associate superintendent of schools for the archdiocese, will assume the position of president for the new Siena Catholic Schools of Racine starting Sept. 1.

White has served as the archdiocese’s associate superintendent since 2008, and before that served as principal of three schools in the greater Milwaukee area in her 19 years in education. According to a news release from the archdiocese, during White’s time as associate superintendent, she was instrumental in getting the Siena system off the ground.

The new school system, intended to bolster both enrollment and quality of Catholic education in Racine, will be set in motion for the 2018-19 school year. As president of the system, White will oversee St. Catherine’s middle and high schools, Our Lady of Grace Academy, St. Lucy School, St. Joseph School, St. Rita School and John Paul II Academy.

“Establishing strong leadership is a critical step as we prepare to launch our new school system and we are fortunate to have Brenda taking on the chief leadership role,” Daniel Horton, acting chairman of the system’s Board of Directors, said in the release.

White will report to the Siena Board of Directors and will have two senior leaders reporting to her — the director of schools and director of business. Both of those positions have yet to be filled.

After the system’s formation this year, the archdiocese began a nationwide search to fill the president position in May. After multiple rounds of interviews, the school system’s Board of Directors unanimously agreed to hire White.

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Jonathon Sadowski covers the villages of Union Grove and Yorkville, the Town of Dover, arts, entertainment and odds and ends for The Journal Times.

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