STANTON — Though the Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education is still finalizing details of the new superintendent contract, Charles Muncatchy has already started working as the district’s new leader.
The school board offered the job to Muncatchy on July 31, following interviews of three candidates. Muncatchy, who was previously superintendent of Jalen Rose Leadership Academy in Detroit, accepted the offer and the school board met last week to give a unanimous vote of approval.
“We are excited to have Dr. Muncatchy on site for the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year,” said Board President Roxanne Switzer. “His background will provide strong leadership skills for the district during the implementation of the district’s school improvement plan, together with the development of two new principals on his team.”
While details are being finalized with Muncatchy’s two-year contract, his salary could be up to $115,000.
“We are still working out some of the contract details,” said Switzer, adding that Muncatchy started working at the Central Office last week.
The district had hoped to have a leader in place prior to the start of school, but realized starting a search in late May, they may be crunched to conduct interviews, hire a candidate and give him/her time to give a notice at a current job. Muncatchy, however, retired from Jalen Rose Leadership Academy in 2012 and had been working as an education coordinator, and didn’t have a district to leave.
“We feel very fortunate it worked out this well,” said Switzer.
Muncatchy plans to relocate into the school district with his wife Sharon and their family. He communicated throughout his interview the strong desire to be a visible, engaged community member and school district leader. Muncatchy said he plans to listen and learn during his initial months in this new position, stated the press release.
The Central Montcalm Board of Education will meet for their monthly meeting at 7 p.m. tonight.
Correspondent Lori Hansen is a Greenville-area resident.