D7 board picks next superintendent

By BOB OLIVER
Times-Herald Newspapers

HEIGHTS — Pending contract negotiations, the District 7 School District has found its new superintendent.

Tecumseh Public Schools Director of Curriculum and Technology Todd Thieken was chosen to be the next superintendent by the D7 Board of Education during its May 19 meeting.

Thieken, along with D7 Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction and Accountability Carole Beverwyk and Charles Muncatchy, former superintendent at the Jaden Rose Leadership Academy in Detroit and Mount Clemens Community School District, took part in the second round of superintendent interviews with the board in a special meeting prior to its regular meeting.

After the interviews concluded the board deliberated on the candidates and chose Thieken.

The D7 board conducted two rounds of interviews over the last two weeks and board members said they wanted to decide on a candidate this month so that a contract could be negotiated and approved by the board to hopefully bring the new superintendent in on July 1 to give them transition time with outgoing Supt. Jeffrey Bartold before he retires at the end of July.

Bartold has been D7 superintendent since 2006 and prior to that served as the district’s business manager, a role he has occupied the last two years as the district has worked to cut operational costs and lift itself out of a $1.4 million deficit.

Emails to D7 Board President Lori Fujita were not returned by press time.

(Bob Oliver can be reached at boliver@bewickpublications.com.)