October 25, 2014

Tawas high school principal in running for AGS superintendent spot

By Kevin Bunch
Staff Writer | news@arenacindependent.com
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AuGRES — The AuGres-Sims School Board decided to move forward with its search to fill the superintendent position permanently at a special meeting March 8, and has an interview scheduled with Tawas Area High School Principal Jeff Collier.

AGS Board President Douglas Furtah said the board would interview Collier March 22, while simultaneously taking other applications for the position.

“(Collier) was recommended by local area business people,” Furtah said. “When the board approached him for a meet and greet and school walkthrough, it was brought about by that.”

If the interview goes well, Furtah said the board would schedule a second interview, and decide from there what the next move will be.

While Furtah said the board has not received Collier’s resume yet, he said the Tawas principal has formerly served in school districts in the Bay City area.

The board held a special meeting March 8 to come up with a permanent solution for the district’s administration needs. The current superintendent, Gary Marchel, took the position on an interim basis after former superintendent Anne Doriean retired last fall.

Several options were discussed, Furtah said, including using a financial manager for the district itself and having the Bay-Arenac Intermediate School District superintendent, Michael Dewey, serve as the official administrator.

The board also discussed using a limited liability corporation, or LLC, to function as the administrator, but ultimately shelved both ideas in favor of hiring someone new.

Furtah said since the school board has decided to hire a new superintendent, anyone else interested in the position can also apply with the board.

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