BIG RAPIDS — The search for the next Mecosta-Osceola Intermediate School District superintendent took another step forward on Oct. 12, as the board of education determined the salary range it would offer for the position.

During their October meeting, board members approved a range of $120,000 to $140,000 for the position, said Mark Klumpp, interim superintendent. Also on Thursday, board President Marie Wilkerson clarified the search parameters during discussion.

"President Wilkerson put that item on the agenda to make it clear the search for a new superintendent is limited to a local search, which means it's limited to employees of the MOISD or our local districts only," Klumpp said.

After the formal meeting concluded, the board then participated in a "recruitment workshop" with Mark Dobias from the Michigan Association of School Boards to go over surveys and develop selection criteria for the position.

In other business during the regular meeting, the board:

• conducted a second reading and approved a package of 56 policies, ranging from seclusion and restraint to evaluation processes "and everything in between," Klumpp said;

• approved the appointment of Heather Curtis as the Crossroads Charter Academy representative to the Parent Advisory Committee for special education;

• conducted a closed session to discuss legal issues pertaining to special education;

• heard a report from Christy Miller, a special education supervisor, about the Northern Autism Network, outlining the organization's activities and resources; and

• recognized the people who work as principals at the ISD level, including Beth Bond, at the MOISD Education Center; Christy Miller, satellite programs; Mike Miller, Mecosta-Osceola Career Center; Pat Craven, U.S. 10 facilities; and Carol Phelps, early childhood special education programs.