STANTON — Six candidates for superintendents have been interviewed by the Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education within the past five days. After the final interviews Tuesday, school board members discussed how to proceed.
Options included doing on-site visits to the candidates’ current districts, calling two or three candidates back for second interviews, the board members ranking the six, the audience ranking the six, a combination of all of the above or other possibilities.
“Should we do some on-site visits?” Board President Roxanne Switzer asked.
“It depends on the candidate,” board member Mark Grossbauer noted. “Not all have sites to visit.”
Following more discussion, the board opted to rank the candidates one through six, and also have the audience — all school personnel — rank their favorites.
“We can see who has the most votes and then decide if we want to consider two candidates or three,” suggested Grossbauer.
In the running were Roche LaVictor of Plymouth-Canton Community Schools, Peter Bush of Coopersville Area Public Schools. Herve Dardis of Otsego Public Schools, Andrew Shaw formerly of Pittsford Area Schools, Charles Muncatchy, formerly of Jalen Rose Leadership Academy and Jeffrey Budge of Beaverton Rural Schools.
Earning the most votes in the top spot were Bush, Shaw and Muncatchy.
The board and audience then discussed the pros and cons of the three, considering if the candidate would be willing to live within the district, the longevity each candidate could have with the district and which candidate is most likely to move the district forward.
“I’d like the candidate to live in the district where they work,” said board member Bill Simpson. “We just had one who said they would commute and be here nine or 10 years, then after two years, found out commuting isn’t all it is cracked up to be.”
Of the top three, each candidate has qualifications, said Grossbauer.
“Each one brings something unique to the table,” he said. “Charles (Muncatchy) has a depth of experience and is well spoken. Peter (Bush) has lots of energy and is on the edge of technology, and Andrew (Shaw) has the qualifications, has worn many hats and knows how to handle multiple duties.”
The board then opted to host second interviews on Wednesday at 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. in the high school media center. The public is invited to attend.
Correspondent Lori Hansen is a Greenville-area resident.