Super Dilemma

By: Jeremy Ross
By: Jeremy Ross

As the East Lansing School District begins to look for new superintendents to replace the ousted Dr. Tom Giblin, their search may be harder than in years past.

Mike Flanagan, Executive Director of the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators says it may be the worst period in history for superintendents in the state.

The economic recession and high school board turn over have made it almost unbearable for many superintendents.

Flanagan says about 20 years ago a superintendent opening meant nearly 300 job applications.

Today that number of applicants may be around 30.

The lack of interest in the position is based on difficult work hours and criticism from the community and piers.

The combination of these factors results in a shortage of superintendents that could make E. Lansing's search for a new one more difficult than in years past.


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