Saline narrows the field for the new superintendent to 5

SALINE, MI – The search for a new Superintendent for the Saline Area Schools has been limited to five candidates who will be interviewed by the school board over the coming month.

Saline Schools Board announced the candidates, selected after 18 applicants for the job were screened in a closed session during a session on Thursday, April 8th.

Candidates will be interviewed in person and the public will be able to attend on April 26, 28 and 29 in the Liberty School boardroom, 7265 North Ann Arbor St.. As the number of seats is limited, the interviews can also be viewed via zoom.

The candidates and their interview times are:

  • William J. Patterson, Assistant Superintendent of the Jackson Public Schools Secondary Curriculum; Interview at 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 26.
  • Tyrone Weeks, director of state and federal programs at Farmington Public Schools; Interview at 7 p.m. Monday, April 26.
  • Steve Laatsch, Interim Superintendent of the Saline Area Schools; Interview at 5.30 p.m. Wednesday, April 28.
  • Edward Manuszak, superintendent of Dundee Community Schools; Interview at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 28.
  • Amy Kruppe, superintendent of Hazel Park Schools; Interview on Thursday, April 29th at 5.30 p.m.

Saline received applications from all over the country, including Colorado, Georgia, New Mexico, New York, and Pennsylvania, according to Jennifer Steben, chairman of the board.

“We believe that there are quality candidates who meet our needs and expectations,” said Steben in a press release. “We look forward to learning more about candidate leadership skills and what each candidate has to offer to our students, staff, and the community. The Board continues to value public input and encourage participants to attend or watch the interviews. “

The board hopes to have a new superintendent by July 1, Steben said.

The board has hired the Michigan Leadership Institute to lead the search for the superintendent position vacated in January by Scot Graden, who retired after 13 years.

David Killips, MLI’s regional president for Southwest Michigan, is leading the search. Killips previously served as superintendent in the Chelsea School District and Reed City Area Public Schools.

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