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Dexter May Tap Michigan Leadership Institute in Superintendent Search

Dexter School Board President Larry Cobler says replacing current Superintendent Mary Marshall could be a long process.

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.

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Barbara Read October 28, 2012 at 07:53 PM
The school board race just became a lot more important. Not everyone knows that the school board has just two main functions: set district policy and hire the superintendent. The superintendent then has the tremendous responsibility of developing and implementing the policies--basically supervising the entire district. Three things that currently need attention are the development of the athletics program, individualized learning in the younger grades, and making room in high school students' schedules for art, music and other electives under the semester system. These would all be under the direction of the new superintendent. Who the board chooses matters.

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