Okemos Public Schools
Okemos Public Schools is seeking a superintendent to succeed Dr. Catherine J. Ash, who is retiring after more than two decades of distinguished service to the district. This is a remarkable opportunity to lead an award-winning school district with an enrollment of more than 4,200 students.
As a district enhanced by diversity, Okemos Public Schools is dedicated to an ongoing process of creating and sustaining an inclusive and safe culture for students, families and staff. We respect, value, honor and celebrate the rich dimensions of diversity within our community, including but not limited to: biological sex, disability, ethnicity, family status, gender identity/expression, language, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation and socio-economic status. Together, students, family and staff are committed to cultivating a culturally competent and responsive school community to ensure that we are meeting the academic, social, emotional and behavioral needs of ALL of our students. We will promote equity and eliminate barriers to learning with the goal of improved student achievement and an enhanced social consciousness. The district's equity plan may be viewed here.
We believe focusing on equity within the school environment is critical to the district’s mission of: “Together...educating with excellence, inspiring learners for life”.
Okemos Public Schools maintains an operating budget of $46M and seven schools - four elementary schools, one [5-6] building, one [7-8] building and one high school. Okemos High School was ranked #4 in Michigan and #392 in US News’ 2012 ranking of the Best High Schools in America. Students of Okemos Public Schools score well above state averages on standardized assessments with 69% proficient in math and 85% proficient in English.
Truly a career-destination district, Okemos combines diversity (29%), Midwestern values and a great location making a wonderful place to live. Located in Meridian Charter Township, a community in Ingham County, Okemos was recently ranked as the #2 place to live in Michigan by an article in the Detroit Free Press recently published entitled, “Study reveals Michigan’s Top 25 Cities to live in”. The study was based on a number of factors including: quality of education, health and fitness, nightlife, and family amenities.
Please visit the district website at www.OkemosSchools.net for additional details about the district.
Board of Education
Melanie Lynn, President
Dean Bolton, Vice President
Tonya Rodriguez, Secretary
Vincent Lyon-Callo, Treasurer
Amy Crites, Trustee
Sarah Wohlford, Trustee
Erica Wolf, Trustee
Salary and Contract Information
Compensation will be commensurate with experience of the successful candidate and requirements of the position; the Board has established a preliminary base salary range of $145,000-165,000.
The Board is in the process of engaging the district’s stakeholders in the search and will make a detailed candidate profile available on March 8, 2017.
Interested candidates should complete and submit an online application found at http://www.masb.org/education-careers.aspx
No “hard copy,” fax or emailed copies accepted. IF requested by the candidate, materials will be treated confidentially through the screening process. Candidate names will become public at the time an interview is scheduled.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 @ 4:00PM
Candidates identified for interview
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 @ 7:00PM
First round interviews
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 and
Thursday, May 4, 2017 @ 6:00PM
Second round interviews
Thursday, May 11, 2017 @ 6:00PM
Second Opportunity for Board Decision
Monday, May 22, 2017 @ 7:00PM
Contract effective date
Saturday, July 1, 2017
All questions regarding the search should be directed to Donna Oser, Director of Executive Search Services, Michigan Association of School Boards, at 517.420.7637 or email@example.com.