Saline Area Schools narrowed its search from over 40 applicants to one person as the district hired Molly Garcia for its director of student services position.
Garcia comes to the district with extensive experience in special education, including working the past 15 years in the Romulus Community School District and serving as the director of special education there for the last two and half years.
“I’ve done the entire spectrum of special education as far as age,” Garcia said. “I have also done the full range as far as least restrictive environment.”
The new director of student services will oversee pupil service programs and services such as special education, psychology and social work. “I am very excited to be a part of Saline,” Garcia said.
Kevin Musson had been the director of special education at Saline Area Schools for the past five years, but was reappointed as the principal of Pleasant Ridge Elementary in June as a part of several changes this summer in the district’s administrative leadership.
A team of teachers, psychologists, social workers and administrators interviewed seven candidates from a pool of over 40 applicants in their search for the new director of student services. The team ultimately narrowed the search to three candidates from outside the Saline district. They were Michelle Allison, Manchester Community Schools; Brent Watkins, Eaton Rapids Public School; and Garcia.
The district held a public forum on Aug. 10 at Saline High School where all three candidates were interviewed separately by parents and students, teachers and administrators. The goal of the forum was to give the public an opportunity to observe each candidate in an interview setting.
The school board approved the hiring of Garcia in a special meeting on Aug. 16. Garcia is expected to start her new position on Aug. 29.