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Birmingham High School Principal Among District's Superintendent Semifinalists

Birmingham Board of Education chose five finalists Tuesday night for the soon-to-be vacant superintendent position. Interviews begin May 30.

The Birmingham Board of Education has selected administrators from Birmingham, Troy, Warren, Colorado and Wisconsin as the five semifinalists for the district's superintendent position.

The announcement was made Tuesday night after more than two hours of deliberation as part of the board's search for the next superintendent of . The position was made vacant in late March, when superintendent David Larson announced .

The semifinalists include:

  • Fred Procter: Procter is the principal of Birmingham's . 
  • Richard Machesky: Machesky is the assistant superintendent of secondary instruction at Troy Public Schools.
  • John Maloy: Maloy is the superintendent of Aspen School District, in Aspen, CO. 
  • Daniel Nerad: Nerad is the superintendent of the Madison Metropolitan School District, in Madison, WI.
  • Robert Shaner: Shaner is the executive director of instruction and technology at the Warren Consolidated School District, in Warren.

The final five candidates were culled from 43 applicants collected and reviewed by the . 

Of those applicants, School Board President Susan Hill said 19 were from Michigan while the rest were submitted from out of the state, including six from Illinois. Those applicants, she said, included superintendents, principals, college professors and teachers.

Applicants were also screened using responses from an online survey — completed by 532 community members — and 10 focus groups made up of 95 parents, teachers and community members.

During those sessions, parents, teachers and community members said .

First-round interviews scheduled for May 30

The school board will conduct its first round of interivews May 30-31. The first three candidates will be interviewed at 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. on May 30, while the final two candidates will be interviewed at 6 p.m. and 7 pm. on May 31.

Beginning at 8 p.m. May 31, Hill said the board will begin whittling down the candidates, eventually selecting two or three finalists. All finalists will be interviewed by two committees made up of parents, teachers and administrators.

Final interviews for the last two candidates, including candidates' 15-minute presentations to the board, are scheduled for June 6-7. The final interviews will be televised.

The school board hopes to make its selection by June 11 and have the new superintendent in place by July 1.

Check out Birmingham Schools Superintendent Search 2012 for more on Birmingham Public Schools' search for a new superintendent this spring and summer.

Greg Thrasher May 23, 2012 at 12:38 PM
Fred Procter is the best candidate in years to lead the district in years. The entire community deserves the best and Fred is that and much more.
cathy May 23, 2012 at 01:20 PM
I had the pleasure of meeting Fred while I toured Groves with my daughter. As the tour guide walked us through the cafeteria, Fred was there and went out of his way to introduce himself to us. He then spent 10-15 minutes welcoming us and sharing his educational style and Groves' approach to education, students, and community. I left there feeling like part of the family - he was quite impressive!
Birmingham Mom May 23, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Yes. Fred is a nice guy. None of these candidates are impressive. The board is clearly looking for a yes man. Not a professional. Very disappointing… Start over. you have all summer or better yet, promote the very capable deputy superintendant.
K May 28, 2012 at 03:01 AM
After the year Birmingham has had, especially with the terrible amount of bullying, including the young man who committed suicide as a senior at Groves, Mr Proctor has shown TRUE CHARACTER, integrity, compassion, and dedication and would be by far the best candidate to handle all the different aspects of the education of the students in the Birmingham Public School System. He should be highly considered for this position.
K May 28, 2012 at 04:00 AM
I am a Birmingham graduate, Birmingham mom, and I have lived here almost 30 years. I have spoken to Dr.Larson, Mr. DeAngelis, many of the prinicipals including both middle schools and a couple of the elementary schools. You obviously do not know Mr. Proctor and what he has done this year as a principal-including having to deal with the devastating suicide of a senior student at Groves because of bullying and harrassment. The letter he sent out after this happened was the most touching, responsible, caring letter I have ever seen. He truly cares about his students, faculty, and parents at Groves, and he clearly takes his time to listen and to understand what is going on in the Groves community. I believe he will extend this to the whole Birmingham Public School System if he is elected the new superindent of our school system.
TZ May 31, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Given the history of Birmingham high schools, I would think that a principal who had bullying and a suicide on his watch should not consider himself superintendent material anywhere. Yes, these things happen, but I am afraid that such incidents do not say much for leadership skills. Principal Procter should withdraw his candidacy. Such an action would be the mark of a true leader.

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