Final interviews set for superintendent candidates

Sunday Times Newspapers

SOUTHGATE — With retirement approaching for Southgate Community Schools’ interim superintendent Nancy Nagle, the board of education will interview this week three final candidates for the position.

The public is invited to attend the sessions, set to begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Gerisch Middle School, 12601 McCann. Approximately 45 minutes each will be reserved for the board to question candidates William Gurescki, Dennis Genig and Rick Arnett.

The superintendent search began with the June 2011 departure of David Peden. Nagle, a veteran administrator who spent 12 years with Southgate, delayed a planned retirement and agreed to serve as interim superintendent for the 2011-12 academic year; Nagle plans to retire June 30.

Having Nagle on hand allowed school officials to take a patient approach to filling Peden’s shoes.

“We were not forced by deadline,” Hildebrandt said. “We definitely took our time and did a thorough search.”

After preliminary reviews, the board of education named three finalists with administrative experience. Grusecki is superintendent of Arenac Eastern School District; Genig is dean of Ann Arbor’s School of Education for Concordia University; Arnett is assistant superintendent of West Bloomfield School District.

Following Tuesday’s interviews, Hildebrandt said the board of education expects to meet in closed session March 20; provided a candidate is selected from the three, a decision will be announced during a board meeting on March 27 beginning at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria of Davison Middle School, with a reception to follow.

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