November 23, 2014

UPDATE: Kroczaleski agrees to contract with SSCS

By James Kuch
News Editor | news@arenacindependent.com
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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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