Central Montcalm will interview 2 superintendent hopefuls

By Lori Hansen • Last Updated 10:02 am on Wednesday, March 14, 2012

STANTON — Interviews for two superintendent applicants who hope to take over the helm at Central Montcalm Public School are set for March 22.

The two candidates — Troy Lindley, a middle school principal at Newaygo Public Schools, and Kristi Teall, curriculum director and assessment director at Central Montcalm — are vying for the position currently held by Jake Helms, who will retire at the end of this school year.

The interviews will be at 6 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. in the high school media center and are open to the public.

“We will ask the same set of questions to both candidates and hopefully have a quick meeting of the board after to vote on them,” Board of Education President Doug Bowen said.

Lindley and Teall were chosen from a field of six who submitted written applications.

“These two individuals met all qualifications set by the board except for the preference that the candidates have central office experience,” Helms said. “None of the six met that.”

The board had 600 hits on an online advertisement, but had hoped to get more applications, Bowen said.

“It is a tough job, and who wants to move to Michigan with the economic crisis we are experiencing, especially right here in Montcalm County?” Bowen said. “We are near the bottom line, and then people don’t know about the wonderful things we have to offer here.”

The lower numbers are not a concern, he said, as “we only need one.”

The board plans to have the new superintendent take over June 1, and Helms will be on retainment the next three years to assist and advise as necessary, Bowen said.

“He is leaving very big shoes to fill,” said Bowen.

The board, at a special March 9 meeting, also voted to expel three students. One middle school and one high school student were involved in the same drug possession incident where the third student, a middle school scholar, was cited on bringing a weapon to school, said Helms.

Correspondent Lori Hansen is a Greenville-area resident.

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