October 24, 2014

Gary Marchal speaks on becoming interim AuGres-Sims superintendent

By Kevin Bunch
Staff Writer | news@arenacindependent.com
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AuGRES – When Gary Marchal retired as the AuGres-Sims superintendent in June 2009, he did not expect to be back.

“I retired because my dad was ill, and I thought I would be a home care worker,” said Marchal.

Marchal’s father died the following October, and he said that with his wife continuing to work, he had settled into keeping the house clean — until he received a phone call from former Superintendent Anne Doriean about coming back to AuGres-Sims.

Doriean announced her retirement and resignation as superintendent at a Nov. 1 Board of Education meeting, citing personal reasons. She called Marchal to see if he was interested in becoming the interim superintendent.

Board of Education President Douglas Furtah got in touch with Marchal shortly after Doriean, once she announced her intention to retire.

“We gave him a call, but he was out of town,” said Furtah. “So we left him a message, and we met once he returned. He said he would accept the contract.”

A special board meeting was held Thursday, Nov. 10, to confirm Marchal as interim superintendent. Furtah said the meeting had been scheduled originally to select an interim superintendent.

Doriean turned in an official resignation letter at the same meeting. She cited personal reasons for leaving the position, and said in a statement that she was thankful for the opportunity to work with the school district.

Marchal started that same Thursday, working with Doriean until her last day on Friday, Nov. 11.

Doriean had everything laid out, Marchal said, and he already knew most of the district staff from his earlier tenure.

“I just slid right in,” he said. “It feels like I never left.”

Marchal said finding a superintendent this time of year is difficult, since qualified people tend to wait until the end of the year to move on to another school district.

“AuGres always was good to me,” said Marchal. “So I said I would stay on until they figure out the direction they want to go.”

He said he has not given much thought to staying on as the full superintendent if the position is offered, adding that taking the position would affect his retirement. He said he will just have to wait and see what happens in the spring.

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