STANTON — Central Montcalm Public School Superintendent Kristi Teall is ready to work from home — her hometown, that is.
The St. Louis School Board of Education unanimously approved a negotiated contract with Teall at a meeting Monday night. Teall said she was called by a school board member and informed of the news, whereupon she accepted the job as superintendent of the St. Louis school district.
Teall, who resides in St. Louis, formerly worked for the St. Louis school district for 18 years before coming to Central Montcalm, where she has been superintendent for the past two years.
“This was an opportunity that just kind of came to me,” Teall said. “I was not looking to leave Central Montcalm, but it really was an opportunity that I could not overlook. I have a history with St. Louis and St. Louis has always had a special place in my heart, as will Central Montcalm.”
Teall earned her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in education administration from Central Michigan University. She worked nine years as a middle school teacher and nine years as a building administrator for the St. Louis school district, before going to work as curriculum director and director of state and federal programs at Tri County Area Schools for one year. She then worked two years as curriculum director and director of state and federal programs for Central Montcalm before being named superintendent there for another two years.
“I have throughly enjoyed this district,” said Teall, whose cell phone answering message enthusiastically declares “Go Hornets!”
Teall will likely continue working for Central Montcalm until June 30 and plans to start her new duties at St. Louis on July 1. She will earn an annual salary of $110,000 at St. Louis, which is $5,000 less than she earns at Central Montcalm but she doesn’t mind the salary decrease.
“It’s an opportunity to serve the community that I live in,” she said.
The St. Louis school district is home to about 1,200 students, compared to approximately 1,675 students in the Central Montcalm school district.
Teall beat out Steve Westhoff, the former Reed City Area Schools superintendent for the St. Louis job. According to The Morning Sun newspaper, St. Louis School Board Chairman Jeff Baxter said Teall was ultimately chosen as the new superintendent because “she is a known commodity. She can hit the ground running.”
“She was a very good superintendent and we hate to lose her,” said Central Montcalm School Board President Roxanne Switzer. “We do understand that she has to make the best decision for herself and her family and we can’t blame for her choice for wanting to move to her hometown.
“Good luck to her, and now we start our own search,” Switzer added.
The next Central Montcalm school board meeting is scheduled for one week from today.