Superintendent of Schools

Welcome to the School District of Black River Falls!

We have a logo that says, "Inspiring Excellence." This is our goal, our mission and our responsibility each and every day. We are armed with an exceptional staff that are knowledgeable, dedicated and truly lifelong learners. Individuals have been recognized both throughout the state as well as nationally for their contributions to the noble profession of education. We have the privilege of working with many community partners to assist us in realizing this vision of excellence for all of our students.

We boast the programs and opportunities that typically come with districts much larger in size; this is due to sound fiscal management paired with a process that includes prioritizing our needs and continuously re-evaluating the alignment of resources to those needs to carry out the goals we set.

Our priorities are focused on improving student outcomes. This includes students not yet at proficiency, as well as those reaching their next level of challenge well above grade level. We systematically use our student data to guide our instruction, we work collaboratively with our community partners to provide new opportunities where a need and/or opportunity arises, and we continuously evaluate the impact of our efforts. Collaboration truly is the key and this collaborative spirit truly guides all the work that we do.

It is an absolute honor to serve the school district and the greater Black River Falls community in the capacity of Superintendent of Schools. If I may be of any assistance to you, please know that I am always willing! We continue to look for new ways to engage our diverse community in the business of educating our youth. If you have any thoughts or opportunities you are interested in sharing, we'd love to hear from you. In the meantime, please take every opportunity to stop in any of our schools or events and support the Tigers!

Your partner in education,

Shelly Severson

Dr. Severson stepped into this position in July of 2013, after having served the district as an elementary principal for 11 years. Prior to that, she was an assistant principal in the Sparta School District. Dr. Severson's career in education begin in 1994 when she was hired as a vocal music teacher by the School District of Black River Falls. Dr. Severson received her bachelor's degree from Silver Lake College, her master's degree from Marian University, and her doctorate from Edgewood College.