The Grosse Pointe Public School Board plans to announce a new superintendent by late July, according to a tentative schedule they've set for the search.
Current Superintendent C. Suzanne Klein announced her retirement earlier this year. She will remain through the end of the calendar year. She announced her plans to retire early with the hope of being able to be around for a bit of time with her replacement to enable a smooth transition.
According to a schedule released by district spokeswoman Rebecca Fannon, a national advertisement of the position was to have been posted by earlier this week--one of the first steps in the process.
Next, an open community forum is scheduled for 7 p.m. May 17 at in which input from the public is welcomed to help develop a leadership profile, which will be presented to the board May 23
The Board intends to begin interviewing candidates as early as June 20, generating a list of finalists by June 22 and completing final background checks and negotiations by July 18, according to the tentative schedule.
Last month, the school board voted to hire the Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates Ltd. to complete a national search. The vote was heavily split: some feel a national search allows the district to see all of the possibilities to find the best of the best while others believe an internal search would have been sufficient.
Klein has been the district's longest serving superintendent. By the time she retires in December she'll have held the position for nearly 15 years. She began her education career with the district in 1970 and worked her way to the top.