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.