First three superintendent candidates interviewed


STURGIS – The first three candidates for the Sturgis Schools Superintendent position were interviewed Monday night.

During a special meeting, the Board of Education met with three of the six candidates they selected to come in for interviews for the Superintendent's positiion. Current Superintendent Dr. Tom Langdon is retiring at the end of the month.

The Board spoke with Kristy Spann, Executive Director of Education Services with the Brandon School District; Kevin Robydek, Middle School Principal for Portland Public Schools, and Nicole Airgood, Assistant Superintendent for Sturgis Public Schools.

The Board asked each candidate what they thought were some of the challenges facing the school district. Spann was the first to answer and said ensuring that all of a student's needs are met and that a balanced budget is achieved are challenges.

Spann also said the District should make sure there is a collaborative, trusting relationship between the school and the community.

Robydek shared he thought finances for the district and finding ways to identify which programs are performing and which are not is a major challenge.

Airgood says one area of concern is with the students of the district.Another concern is reaching the 15 percent fund balance for the district and maintaining it.

Interviews will continue this afternoon with Karen Sherwood, Superintendent of Kalkaska Public Schools at 5 PM; Jonathan Whan, Superintendent of Grant Public Schools at 6:30 PM and Arthur Ebert, Deputy Superintendent of the West Bloomfield School District at 8 PM.

The interviews will be in the Board Room of the Sturgis Central Commons and are open to the public.

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