Press Release

January 9, 2018

Contact: Gary Rider, Regional President, Michigan Leadership Institute, 616-901-3738 or

St. Johns Board begins search to replace superintendent

The St. Johns Public Schools Board of Education has officially begun their search for a new superintendent. A special board meeting was held Tuesday night to plan the search with consultant Gary Rider. Rider is the Regional President of the Michigan Leadership Institute and was selected by the Board to lead the search effort.

During the meeting, Rider explained the process to be followed and helped the Board develop a tentative timeline for the search to replace departing Superintendent Dedrick Martin. Rider and the board also discussed the importance of feedback from parents, students, staff, and the community throughout the process. “Mr. Rider will be facilitating focus group meetings and a community forum to gather data for the Board, and a survey will be posted on the district web site.  All this data will be compiled and given to the Board to consider when developing a profile for the ideal candidate,” said Board President Scott Darragh.

The short three question survey will be active on the St. Johns web site from Thursday, January 11 until Thursday, January 18.  In addition to the focus group meetings Rider will be facilitating, there will also be a community forum to be held on Tuesday, January 16 at 7:00 pm in the St. Johns Middle School Media Center.  The public is invited to attend.

Rider expects a good pool of qualified candidates to apply for the position. “I anticipate the district will attract quality applicants both close to St. Johns and from outside the area,” said Rider.

The tentative calendar for the search:

January 16           Community Forum
January 26           Job Posting finalized
February 23          Application Deadline
February 28          Board announces candidates to be interviewed
March 5 & 8           First round interviews
March 14 & 19      Second round interviews    

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Focus Group Schedule

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

8:00am     Riley Elementary School Media Center

9:00am     Elementary, Middle and High School Principals in the High School, room 110

10:10am   High School Students and Student Council in the High School, room 110

11:00am   Cabinet Members in the District Office (end of weekly Cabinet Meeting)

11:30am   District Office Staff in the District Office

12:00pm   Break

1:00pm     Community and Government Leaders and Business Owners at Clinton Commons (after Rotary Meeting)

2:00pm     Union Representatives at the Middle School, room 503

3:30pm     District Teachers at the Middle School, room 503

4:30pm     District Teachers at the Middle School, room 503

5:30pm     Break

6:00pm     District Support Staff at the Middle School, room 503

7:00pm     Community Forum/Parents at the Middle School, room 503