Ishpeming Board of Education interviews two superintendent candidates

The Ishpeming Board of Education is one step closer to choosing the district’s next superintendent.

The board interviewed two candidates Tuesday night to see if they have what it takes to run the district.

The candidates are from Lower Peninsula districts and answered questions about their vision Ishpeming schools.

“They have found two candidates that are a very good fit,” Michigan Association of School Boards adjunct consultant Sheri Davie said.  “There’s something that happens beyond the information on the paper but it’s the connection between the people when you see that work.  And I think that’s one of the things we look for–in addition to obviously having the solid credentials and the leadership capability–but what works to make you and team.”

The candidates–John Summerhill from Center Line and Jeff Budge from West Branch–have already interviewed once with the board of education.  Board President Geno Maino said the interview was seen as more of an informal gathering so board members can get their ‘gut feeling’ on the candidates.

“They will either decide they have found their candidate, or they will want to do a community visit, which we always recommend as well in any case, so that you get a good handle on your candidate and the fit,” Davie said.

The board also said they will most likely create a committee and visit each of the candidate’s districts before making a final decision.