RCAPS seeks community input on search for superintendent

REED CITY – Reed City Area Public Schools board of education hosted two forums Tuesday to gain feedback for its superintendent search.

“The purpose of the forum is to garner information from stakeholders regarding what type of individual we are looking for to lead RCAPS in the future. This is likely to be the most important decision the current school board will make, and we need as much help in making it as possible,” board president Dan Boyer wrote in a letter to staff.

“We are listening to hear what broad qualities you think our search should focus on, i.e. a finance expert, a community-minded person or a business-style leader. We also want to know specifics like what type of questions do you feel it is important to ask a potential finalist that we interview.”

Those unable to attend the forum can give their feedback through an online survey, which is available on the district’s website, www.reedcity.k12.mi.us.

The board began its search for a new superintendent after approving a retirement incentive for current superintendent Steven Westhoff at an April meeting. Westhoff led the district for nine years.

With hopes to have a new superintendent hired by the end of June, the board will close the job listing on May 24. After naming the top six candidates on June 4, the first round of interviews will be completed June 5 and 6. A second round of interviews with the top three candidates will take place on June 7. Board members would like to make a contract offer to the top candidate during a regular meeting scheduled for June 17.