UPDATE: Kroczaleski agrees to contract with SSCS



STANDISH — Darren Kroczaleski has agreed to a contract as the next superintendent of Standish-Sterling Community Schools.

The SSCS board unanimously agreed to the terms of the contract at a special meeting, Friday, Sept. 2. Per the contract, Kroczaleski will earn a prorated salary of $106,000 for the 2011-12 school year.

Kroczaleski said he agreed to the contract after meeting with Bay-Arenac Intermediate School District Superintendent Michael Dewey this week.

“We were not far apart on the terms of the contract,” Kroczaleski said. “We just did not have much time to meet. We were both busy.”

Kroczaleski said he could begin working at SSCS on Sept. 19, but nothing is final.

“Everything is still tentative at this point,” he said. “I still have to be released from my contract at Pinconning (Area Schools).”

Kroczaleski said he hopes to meet with the Pinconning Board of Education soon. The next regular meeting of the Pinconning Area Schools Board of Education is Sept. 12.

Dewey said the contract is prorated because Kroczaleski did not begin working with the district on July 1.

“We are just backing his salary off from a total amount from that point,” Dewey said.

He added that the contract will run through June 30 of 2014, and is a 12 percent reduction from the salary made by former superintendent Michael Dodge. Dewey said Dodge made approximately $118,000 per year while at SSCS.

“The board shared with me that they wanted to see a 12 percent reduction in salary and Darren was very reasonable in working in this contract with us,” he said. “We were able to meet that requirement.”

Kroczaleski was selected as the new SSCS superintendent after the board of education voted 4-3 to appoint him at a special meeting on Thursday, Aug. 25.


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finally, an excellent decision to hire a superintendent who has a goal of staying in our district, to further the education of our kids, rather than instantly looking towards his next bigger and better position. Thank you to our board of education, putting our kids first!!!

Friday, September 2, 2011 | Report this

I don't know the man, but am wondering how you can say that he is going to stay in your district. Didnt he just leave Pinconning to come to your district?

Saturday, September 3, 2011 | Report this

He lives in Standish, his children attend Standish-Sterling schools and he intends to retire from Standish-Sterling schools. He took a struggling district next door to us and turned it around by making tough, often unpopular decisions. Shown he can manage the financial end of things. Glad the board is giving him a chance to do the same here.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011 | Report this

The SSC school district has chosen a great leader as their new superintendent. I had the pleasure of working with Darren for 4.5 years as a school board member. As sscmom03 stated he has shown good financial managing skills pertaining not only to school issues but we also had a $14.5 million renovation project on the table. We finished and under budget. I wish him and our neighbors to the north all the best.

Thursday, September 8, 2011 | Report this

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