MOISD Board of Education prepares to interview superintendent candidates

BIG RAPIDS — The Mecosta-Osceola Intermediate School District Board of Education took action to further its superintendent search during its meeting Monday by approving to interview four candidates.

“We have some highly qualified candidates,” said Board of Education President Marie Wilkerson. “They are problem solvers. I was impressed by some of their ‘out of the box’ thinking.”

The board has been working with Mark Dobias, executive search consultant for the Michigan Association of School Boards, throughout the MOISD superintendent search. During the meeting, Dobias told attendees candidates were to remain anonymous until he could make contact with each and set up interviews. Interviews are set to take place at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:45 p.m. and 1:45 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9, at the MOISD Resource Center.

“I think you have a really good selection of candidates,” Dobias said.

Meeting attendees also heard about a new program at the MOISD. PresenceLearing is a live speech therapy service in which students can teleconference with language pathologists.

Attendees shared their skepticism of the program, raising concerns including the need for a relationship between a pathologist and students to accomplish each individuals goals as a face-to-screen interaction is not the same as face-to-face.