2012-05-24 / Front Page

District sees 42 apply for jobs

Ad Hoc to trim down principal applicants

MANISTIQUE – Three resignations were accepted, principal applications collected, and a proposed fund balance approved during Monday’s meeting of the Manistique Area School Board of Education.

According to Superintendent Kathy McDonough, the following resignations were accepted by the board: Brenda Fleck, teacher; Kenneth Talbot, bus driver; and Roger Pratt, as Junior Varsity Assistant Football Coach. Fleck, who has worked for the district for 21 years, was thanked by the board for her “dedication” to the students. Talbot has worked for the district since 1999, noted McDonough.

The board also received an update on the status of the district’s principal search. Since the announcement of current district-wide principal Butch Yurk’s retirement at the end of the 2012 school year, the district has been searching for two candidates to fill his position. The position is being split up into separate elementary and middle/high school principals after the board decided a pilot program combining the positions to save the district money was not working. The pilot program was put into place in July 2011, when then-Emerald Elementary Principal Jason Lockwood announced his resignation.

According to McDonough, after advertising the two vacant positions, the district received 23 elementary principal and 19 middle/ high school applications.

“Ad Hoc committees within each building will meet this week to rank the candidates, and decide who to call for interviews,” explained McDonough. “Those interviews will be conducted in public the week of June 4-8, 2012. The public is encouraged to attend.”

Final contracts are scheduled to be awarded during the regular monthly board meeting in June, she added.

As for the district’s year-end 2012- 13 fund equity balance,

McDonough explained, since no official numbers regarding the state’s anticipated school aid for districts, administration can merely estimate the number.

“A ‘best guess’ scenario is that, at a minimum, the district can achieve a $300,000 fund balance,” she said. “It is anticipated, and hoped, that it will actually be greater.”

The board approved the $300,000 fund balance figure.

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