October 21, 2014

AuGres-Sims nearing superintendent selection

By Kevin Bunch
Staff Writer | news@arenacindependent.com
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AuGRES — The AuGres-Sims school board may have a new superintendent selected sometime next week, according to Board Secretary Eric Forton.

The board has been interviewing a candidate, Forton said, and held a walk-through of the school with him last week. While Forton declined to name the candidate, the board had been speaking with Tawas Area High School Principal Jeff Collier about the position in March. Forton said the board had only interviewed one person for the job so far.

School Board President Douglas Furtah told the Independent in March that Collier came recommended by local business people.

Forton said the board was still debating its candidate, but he hoped a decision would be made soon.

“I hope we have one within a week, but that’s just one out of seven people,” Forton said. “We’re always hoping to find the next greatest superintendent.”

The position of superintendent has been in flux since former Superintendent Anne Doriean retired last fall. Gary Marchel is currently serving as interim superintendent, but is not interested in serving as the permanent superintendent.

AuGres-Sims has a special board meeting to discuss the position scheduled for April 24 at 7 p.m., with another special meeting May 7 at 7 p.m.

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