Central Montcalm starts interviews for leader


By Lori Hansen • Last Updated 6:52 am on Friday, July 18, 2014

STANTON — The Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education on Wednesday interviewed two of the six superintendent candidates.

Roche LaVictor, currently principal of Discovery Middle School in the Plymouth-Canton District, and Peter W. Bush Jr., currently high school principal for Coopersville Area Public Schools, each fielded a variety of questions in their hour-long interview before the board. The candidates then were given 15 minutes to question the board or present a closing statement.

“We will focus only on the questions board members will ask to the candidate,” explained Interim Superintendent Amy Meinhardt, who moderated the interviews.

Candidates were asked to introduce themselves to the seven-member board before beginning the Q&A session.

LaVictor has worked in various districts as a teacher, coach, curriculum director, high school assistant principal, athletic director.

“There is not much I haven’t done,” said LaVictor, who added decisions on budget cuts should be made by gathering as much information as possible, and listening to others.

“I wish I had a crystal ball so I could look ahead and see the decisions made by the state,” he said, “and it is not whether every child goes on to college or not, we need to keep every child up to speed so all can be successful, regardless if they go on past high school,” LaVictor added.

Board members asked questions pertaining to social media, technology, student assessments, dealing with angry parents, student discipline and more.

“As a superintendent, I see my number one role to be the cheerleader,” LaVictor said, “But children are the number one resource, and that is who we take care of.”

Bush, too, has worked as a teacher, coach, assistant superintendent and athletic director.

“We sometimes have to change how we teach,” Bush said. “Kids are digital natives, while we are digital immigrants. We need to constantly educate ourselves to be successful.”

“We have to teach kids how to use social media,” Bush said. “There are kids who make a small error in judgment in what they post, and we need to deal with it swiftly and take the opportunity to educate them.”

Though there are currently challenges in education right now, Bush said, “I try to focus on the positive, and ask ‘What can we do to make this the best year ever?’ You have to deal with reality, but it doesn’t do any good to complain about how awful things are.”

Remaining CM superintendent interviews

Monday

5:30 p.m.: Herve Dardis, high school principal, Ostego Public Schools

7 p.m.: Andrew R. Shaw, superintendent (through April) Pittsford Area Schools

Tuesday

5:30 p.m.: Charles P. Muncatchy, superintendent (through 2012) Jalen Rose Leadership Academy

7 p.m.: Jeffrey M. Budge, middle school principal, Beaverton Rural School

Correspondent Lori Hansen is a Greenville-area resident.

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