Manchester Board of Education Chooses Search Firm





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By Seth Kinker, sethkinker22@gmail.com

The Manchester Board of Education voted last week to hire Tony Hollow and his search firm for their search for a new Superintendent.

Hollow made a presentation to the board during their regular meeting after he wasn’t able to make the first round of presentations at the beginning of the month, following the presentation the Board discussed all of the candidates.



The Michigan Leadership Institute, Michigan Association of School Boards, Hartman Consulting, and Tony Hollow and Associates all had their pros and cons but in the end, the board voted 5-2 in favor of Hollow.

“Tony (Hollow) and Linda (Brian) were both Superintendents previously so they know what the job entails,” said Chris Fegan, President of the Board. “It’s a nice quality to have and they are also familiar with Manchester, the small town feel, the community feel. They know our characteristics and what we’re looking for (in a candidate).”

Fegan said the ideal candidate would start July 1 with the traditional school year calendar but she also discussed the many variables that will affect the timing of the hire.

Fegan mentioned wanting a period of stabilization for the students, with the district superintendent and high school principal both having left their positions this summer.

In addition to finding the right timeline; talks with students, community members, teachers, board members and more are planned to see what the district’s wants and needs are before a decision is made.

All of these things could factor in to when the search officially begins for the next Manchester School District Superintendent.

 

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Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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