Central Montcalm schools start search for new superintendent

By Lori Hansen • Last Updated 10:42 am on Thursday, January 26, 2012

STANTON — The Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education is kicking off the process of replacing Superintendent Jake Helms.

Helms announced in December that he will be retiring on June 30.

Board President Doug Bowen, Vice President Bill Simpson and Treasurer Mark Grossbauer will comprise a search committee.

“They will meet with Mr. Helms as soon as possible and discuss criteria they are looking for in our next superintendent,” said Curriculum Director Kristi Teall.

A superintendent search survey has been posted on the district’s website. The committee will study the results of that survey to pinpoint what qualities and characteristics the community wants in a superintendent.

“They will work on setting up a timeline and hopefully get a new superintendent in place before the end of the school year,” said Board Secretary Roxanne Switzer.

The search committee will screen the applications and whittle them to who the committee members want to invite for first round interviews. The full board will ratify their decision of who to interview.

Following first round interviews, board members may have a second round of interviews to help decide on finalists.

“If we choose, at that point, we could do site visits,” said Switzer.

Board members hope to have the new superintendent hired by April or May.

Also on Monday, the board welcomed Bill Collins and Mark Grossbauer. Both were elected in November to replace Joe Kohn and Chris Wetherington, who chose not to run for re-election.

During the organizational meeting, the board reappointed Doug Bowen as board president, Bill Simpson as vice president, Roxanne Switzer as secretary and appointed Mike Barnwell treasurer.

Correspondent Lori Hansen is a Greenville-area resident.

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