October 26, 2014

Arenac Eastern seeks new school principal

8/29/13

TWINING — The Arenac Eastern school district is seeking a new principal following the resignation of former Principal Mike Bowman on Aug. 26.

According to Superintendent Darren Kroczaleski, Bowman had gotten a job offer at the Hale Area School District, and officially put in his resignation at a special school board meeting that evening. He said the process to find a new K-12 principal started Aug. 29, and will likely last three to four weeks.

“We have no candidates in mind so far, but there are some people that have expressed interest in it,” Kroczaleski said. “We will do a posting, see the applications that we receive, and go from there.”

He said the district would likely be interviewing candidates around three weeks following the posting, with the final decision to be made shortly thereafter.

Until a permanent replacement has been selected, Kroczaleski said former Au Gres-Sims Superintendent Gary Marchel will be filling in as principal. As Marchel has experience working with the AE staff on joint projects during his time at AGS, and is familiar with administering a small school district, Kroczaleski said he should do a “great job.”

“He has the experience, that’s for sure,” he added.

The Ogemaw County Herald reported that Bowman was hired in a 6-1 vote during the Hale school board’s Aug. 26 meeting at a base salary of $75,000. Bowman will serve as that district’s K-12 principal.

Hale Superintendent Ron Kraft told the Herald that Bowman would not likely begin working full-time as the new Hale principal until around Sept. 9 due to the amount of time needed for his AE resignation to take effect. Bowman would be able to work part-time in Hale now, however.

The next Arenac Eastern regular school board meeting is Sept. 4 at 6 p.m.

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