DEXTER — With Dexter Community Schools' Superintendent Mary Marshall leaving the district before the end of the 2012-2013 school year, preliminary search plans are underway to find a replacement.
The school board could be accepting applications for a new superintendent in early January and will likely operate a portion of the school year with an interim superintendent, Board President Larry Cobler told the Dexter Leader.
Cobler said the board may hire the Michigan Leadership Institute a headhunter firm, to help search for potential superintendent candidates. The same organization recommended Marshall's application to the board in 2011.
“If everything goes like how we normally do it, I expect in early January we will post the position," Cobler told the Leader.
Marshall announced Thursday that she is in the process of negotiating a contract with Pentwater Community Schools, a 285-student school district on the shore of Lake Michigan, to be its superintendent.
"I am excited about this opportunity both personally and professionally," she said. "I will definitely miss the teachers, students, and staff at Dexter Community Schools."
Cobler said he is currently negotiating a timetable for Marshall's departure with the Pentwater Board of Education in order to assure a smooth transition for Dexter.