February 13, 2016

SSCS Superintendent a candidate for Hillsdale position



STANDISH — Standish-Sterling Community Schools Superintendent Michael Dodge is one of seven candidates being considered for a superintendent position with the Hillsdale County Intermediate School District.

David Steel, owner of search firm Education Associates of Michigan said that Dodge’s application will be reviewed by the district’s board of education at the end of the month.

“Everything is still tentative at this point,” he said. “Mr. Dodge appears to be a strong candidate.”

Steel added that Dodge was one of seven candidates that will be reviewed by the board in the coming weeks. He said the district began its search after Jan. 1.

“We will know more about the finalists after March 31,” he said.

Education Associates of Michigan is based in Jonesville, south of Jackson.

It has been reported that Dodge has been searching for a new position since January 2010.

In an interview with the Arenac County Independent in October, Dodge said that he applied for superintendent positions at Redford Union Schools, Northwest Community Schools, Mount Morris Consolidated Schools, South Lake Schools, Fenton Area Public Schools, and said he removed his name from consideration from Bad Axe Public Schools.

Dodge has since interviewed for a position at Roscommon Area Public Schools.

He has stated that he would like to find a position closer to his family.

“When my grandson was born, it changed my position on life,” he said in October. “My family is important to me, and my career is important to me.”

Dodge has been the superintendent at Standish-Sterling Community Schools since March 2007.

Dodge’s job history includes being the high school principal at Center Line Public Schools, high school principal in Saginaw Township Community Schools, high school principal for the Swartz Creek Community Schools, high school principal at Altherton Community Schools, assistant high school and elementary principal of Dexter Community Schools, and a teacher in both the Saginaw Public Schools and Bentley Community Schools.

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