Six candidates vie for TPS superintendent

By: 
JIM LINCOLN

The long-awaited appointment to fill the top administrator post at Tecumseh Public Schools may be closer at hand as school board members prepare to interview six candidates for superintendent next week at two public meetings on Thursday and Friday, Sept.  19-20. Three one-hour interviews will be held each day in the cafetorium at Tecumseh High School with all candidates receiving the same list of 17 questions. There will be a 10 to 15 minute break between interviews, which begins at 5 p.m. on both days.

The six candidates are, in order of their scheduled appearance:

• Richard W. Hilderley, Supt. of Bronson Community Schools in Bronson, Mich.

• Benjamin Williams, Supt. of Taylor School District in Taylor, Mich.

• Scott Leach, Supt. of Vandercook Lake Public Schools, Jackson, Mich.

• James A. Baker, Assistant Supt. of Human Resources, Lakeview School District, Battle Creek, Mich.

• Sean R. McNatt, Supt. of Lincoln Consolidated, Ypsilanti, Mich.

• Wayne Roedel, Supt. of Fowlerville Community Schools, Fowlerville, Mich.

The Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB) is guiding the school board in its search for a superintendent. The MASB and its deputy director Donna Oser were hired in June to conduct a survey  of school district stakeholders, including face-to-face sessions and an online survey regarding the district and criteria for a new superintendent. Responses were also received from school staff.

At the August 12 school board meeting, Oser reported that there were 235 recorded responses. Regarding staff responses, Oser said,  “There’s a significant divide in your staff as far as how they feel about what’s going on here. There’s no doubt about that. But regardless of which side they’re on in things, they do feel like the district really is student-focused and that teachers and administrators here really are keeping the best interests of students at heart when they’re leading, implementing, making decisions.”

She also pointed out that there is a greater proportion of staff concerned about board decision-making than there is with non-staff. “This change, while it had its own repercussions in the community, had serious and deep repercussions on staff and staff teams themselves,” she said.

“I think that has very serious implications for the selection criteria, specifically, because whoever your next superintendent is, they darn sure better be a uniter, because you can’t afford any more dividers.”

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