September 23, 2014

SSCS to begin search for full-time superintendent sooner than planned

Select new acting superintendent

By James Kuch
News Editor | news@arenacindependent.com
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STANDISH — The Standish-Sterling Community School District will begin a search for a new full-time superintendent with assistance from the Bay-Arenac Independent School District. Dr. Leonard LeClair, district school board president, said the district had planned to hire a one-year interim superintendent, but after consulting with representatives from Bay-Arenac ISD, the board decided to move forward with a full-time hire. “I think we just want to have some stability,” he said. “We want to get this process done.” The SSCS board held its annual meeting on Monday, June 13 at Standish-Sterling Central High School where they announced that the superintendent position has been posted internally for applicants. LeClair said the position will be posted for 15 days before the ISD begins their search. LeClair said the board will be conducting the search with the guidance of the Bay-Arenac ISD and that Bay-Arenac ISD Superintendent Michael Dewey will become the acting superintendent, replacing Sterling Elementary Principal Clinton Potts, who said he is “not interested” in continuing as the districts superintendent. “They (Bay-Arenac ISD) will be able to assist us in our search and help us make a good decision,” he said. “Mr. Dewey has agreed to become our acting superintendent until a candidate is selected.” Dewey said on Wednesday, June 8, the ISD will help the SSCS board search for candidates at minimal cost. He said the cost is undetermined at this time. “We are still working on the details,” he said. Dewey said the amount the SSCS board will have to pay for the services of the ISD will be minimal. “If the (SSCS) board were to hire an outside firm, it could cost between $7,000 and $10,000,” he said. “We will charge (the district) for things like mileage, printing costs and posting costs.” Dewey said the process will begin with a meeting between the school board and staff members of the district and the community. “We want to find out what the people of the district want in a superintendent,” he said. “We are still not sure when that meeting will take place.” Until a new superintendent is selected, Clinton Potts, Sterling Elementary principal, will remain as the acting superintendent, LeClair said. Dewey said the Bay-Arenac ISD has helped other area school districts with past superintendent searches. “We recently helped Arenac Eastern and AuGres-Sims,” he said. “This is something we do to help our districts as they need it.” Dewey said the ISD is glad to provide services for districts when they need help. “We have a vested interest in the districts that work with us,” he said. “If they need help we will provide it.” LeClair said Dewey will begin working as the acting superintendent on Monday, June 20, upon his return from vacation. Dewey could not be reached for further comment.

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