Au Gres-Sims school board holds special meeting for superintendent search

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AU GRES— The Au Gres-Sims school board met Monday, May 4 to discuss the plan for the superintendent search, led by search coordinator Rich Ramsey. During the meeting, a calendar for the search was set and approved by the board, as well as a starting salary rate. 

A preliminary posting and survey will be available on the Au Gres-Sims website for not only the board to take, but for Au Gres-Sims faculty and community as well. The purpose of the survey is to develop interview questions and get a better understanding on what the community is looking for in a superintendent. 

“The more people who take it, the better idea we will have of what we are looking for professionally, as well as personally, in the next superintendent,” said Ramsey. 

The survey will end Monday, May 18 at 4 p.m. 

The superintendent position will be posted officially on May 26. The board will meet for a workshop June 1 at 5 p.m. where they will review the results of the survey and look at some interview questions. 

The deadline for the superintendent application is June 22 at 4 p.m. That information will be forwarded to the Michigan Association of School Boards (MSAB) office. Applicants are kept confidential until candidates have been offered and accepted interviews. 

At the June 29 board workshop, the board will screen applicants for interviews and wrap up the interview questions. 

First round interviews will be held on July 6 and 7 and from there, the board will choose the top three for second round interviews July 13. 

Ramsey recommends the board make their final decision no later than July 27. 

Additionally, Ramsey recommends that if the board chooses to do visitations, they invite candidates to visit the Au Gres-Sims district instead of going to their schools so they can see the candidates in this environment. 

The goal for the board is to have the new superintendent in the office by mid-to-late August in time for the next school year. 

The board looked at examples of total compensation packages for superintendents from schools in Oscoda, Alcona and Tawas, that include salary, insurance, pension, annuities, travel expenses, and an “other” category. 

The salary is the only rate that needs to be set on the preliminary posting. Ramsey recommended a range of around $10,000 between offers. 

Ramsey recommends not balancing the budget on the superintendent salary as well as not starting too high or too low with the starting rate. He recommends keeping the range similar to what they have now. 

The board discussed the likelihood of some candidates being principals who are ready to make the jump to superintendent instead of mostly experienced superintendents. They discussed the salary range should be higher than what they would be currently making. 

Ramsey recommended a salary range somewhere around $107,000-$115,000 or $117,000. 

Board president Fred Robel suggested a range of $105,000-$115,000. The board agreed the amount sounded reasonable for a starting salary and approved it unanimously. 

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