Leadership changes under way at Carson City-Crystal schools


By Jessica Beery • Last Updated 2:19 pm on Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Several leadership changes are afoot for Carson City-Crystal Area Schools.
The Board of Education is experiencing some turnover while launching a search for a new superintendent.
Board members chose North Star Inc. to represent the board in the superintendent hiring process after interviewing four companies.
“The hiring of the next leader of Carson City-Crystal Area Schools is vital to our continued success,” said Board of Education President Tom Wilcox. “We are excited about the opportunity to work with North Star to find that individual.”
North Star will begin gathering information on the profile of the next leader for Carson City-Crystal schools and begin recruitment activities. Information gathering will include employee, parent and community input.
North Star will post the position through professional organizations and nationally.  The firm will evaluate all candidates to insure their qualifications, assist the board in interviews and help negotiate the successful candidate’s contract.
The goal will be to have the next superintendent on board by July 1.
Meanwhile, two board members have announced their resignations.
Board Vice President Keary Richardson has resigned effective March 1 after serving the district for 10 ½ years.
“I have enjoyed my time as a board member over the years — both learning a great deal and hopefully leaving the district in a better position than it was when I first started,” she wrote in her resignation letter.
Board Secretary Susan Hogan resigned effective June 30. That is the original completion date of her second four year term on the board, before the Michigan Legistlature extended it to Dec. 31.
“I have many other interests personally that I would like to pursue and ending my tenure at this date I will have fulfilled my electoral duties that I originally was elected,” Hogan wrote to her colleagues on the board. “It’s been an honor to serve on the board and to have worked with many wonderful people who share a common interest: seeing that the students in this district receive a quality education.”
Wilcox said Richardson and Hogan have been “great assets” to the board of education, providing many valuable insights to the needs of our students.
“We really appreciate all they have done to help guide our board during the many years they have served,” he said. “Keary and Susan’s contributions and dedication to our school district will definitely be missed.”
The board has appointed two people to fill these position from interviews conducted from a previous vacancy.  John Hessbrook will begin serving on the board on March 1 and Todd Butler will begin on July 1.
Both have children in the district and are very involved in the school.
Hessbrook and Butler’s positions will run through Dec. 31. They would have to run for election in November, along with Randy Stearns, to retain their seats.
Those elected in November will complete the remainder of those terms.

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