Taylor board to narrow superintendent candidate field

Sunday Times Newspapers

TAYLOR – Although it’s been a longer process than expected, Taylor School District Board of Education President John Reilly said the search for a superintendent has so far shown impressive results.

With input from the public and guidance from a consultant, Reilly said school officials are confident that they will identify the success to Diane Allen next month.

“We’ve received a number of applications,” Reilly said.

The board is expected to meet this week to narrow the field and request interviews with finalists. Candidate interviews are expected to be scheduled for later this month, with the final selection by February.

Last year the board was unable to agree on three candidates who had interviewed for the position, which had been posted after Allen had announced plans to retire by June 30. Allen later agreed to remain in position for up to a year longer – extending a more than 40-year career with the district – while the board conducted a broader search.

In November and December, panelists met with Rod Green, a consultant from the Michigan Association of School Boards, who helmed a workshop for school officials and organized public forums to gain community input.

“It’s really opened up the field quite a bit,” Reilly said of the extensive process. “We’re anxious to look at the applications, but so far everything’s gone smooth.”

Applicants had through last week to submit letters of interest. Reilly said an initial summary of applicant qualifications was encouraging.

A board workshop is scheduled for 7 p.m. Jan. 12, to review applications and select interview questions.

The established time line will, Reilly said, allow a transition period for the new superintendent to have time with Allen before the end of her tenure.

(James Mitchell can be reached at james.a.mitchell37@gmail.com.)