Pine River selects Lukshaitis as superintendent


Contract negotiations underway

LEROY — Pending contract negotiations, Matthew Lukshaitis could become Pine River Area Schools' new superintendent.

At a meeting on Monday, the PRAS Board of Education voted to approve a motion to enter into negotiations with the current high school principal and curriculum director with Mason Consolidated Schools in Erie.

After two rounds of interviews, Lukshaitis became the No. 1 candidate for the district's superintendent position. Last week, some board members, staff members and community members visited Mason Consolidated Schools for additional insight. At the meeting, they all shared positive thoughts and opinions about Lukshaitis they received from the district's staff, students, board members and faculty.

"We had a very positive experience down there, it went very well," said Board President Jim Peterson. "Mr. Lukshaitis is a real leader. He can think outside the box and he's creative. I was impressed and I strongly endorse his nomination."

Scott Crosby, Michigan Leadership Institute regional president, said it is important the board is comfortable with its decision.

"I'm pleased with the way the search process has gone and hopeful Pine River is as well," Crosby said. "I think they made a wise selection."

A proposal outlining salary, benefits and length of employment will be formulated this week. Negotiations are expected to wrap up quickly, he added.

In more business, the board unanimously voted to allow high school band members to travel to Chicago for a class trip during spring break of next year. The students and chaperones will stay for three days and two nights in the city, according to band instructor Jessica Miller.

The trip will offer a number of educational and life experiences for the band members, she said. So far, they plan on attending a play or musical, watching a rehearsal or performance of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, participate in a musical clinic at VanderCook College of Music and perform at one of the city's museums. The cost is about $350 to $450 per student and the money will be collected through fundraisers.