Gwinn district continues search for superintendent

GWINN – The Gwinn Area Community Schools board of education took one more step in the process of finding a permanent superintendent during a work session held Thursday evening.

The board met with Michigan Association of School Boards regional representative Sheri Davie to discuss a candidate profile to be used in the search.

The association has been hired by the district to facilitate a national search.

The board talked about personal and professional characteristics it would like to see in a good candidate, as well as some of the challenges the new superintendent would have to tackle.

Topping that list was budgetary problems, as the district continues to grapple with ever-declining enrollment and the loss of funding that goes along.

The board agreed it wanted someone with a good financial skill set and experience working in a rural area within a similarly-sized school district.

The group will next meet to discuss the search Dec. 10.

Trustees Bill Nordeen and Ron Lauren did not attend the meeting.

The district hired current Interim Superintendent Stephen Piereson following the resignation of former superintendent Kim Tufnell in June.

Jackie Stark can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 242.