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April 16, 2014

Two educators vie for top spot in Troy School District

By Terry Oparka
C & G Staff Writer

The Troy Board of Education will interview two familiar faces for the position of superintendent when Barbara Fowler retires this spring. Fowler has been with the district for 31 years.

The trustees will interview Richard Machesky, currently assistant superintendent of secondary education for the Troy School District, and Steve Matthews, currently superintendent of Novi Public Schools, who served as director of curriculum and assessment for the Troy School District from 1998-2008.

Prior to joining the Troy School District in 2008, Machesky worked for Utica Community Schools from 1996-2007 and served in several administrative positions until he was named the executive director of secondary education. Earlier in his career, Machesky held teaching positions in Harper Woods and Detroit.

Machesky earned an educational doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies, and an educational specialist in general administration and supervision degree from Wayne State University.

Matthews worked as director of curriculum and assessment in the Troy School District from 1998-2008, then left the Troy School District to be superintendent of Grand Ledge Public Schools, where he served for three years. Matthews has worked as an assistant professor at Wayne State and the University of Michigan-Dearborn, and served as a classroom teacher and as a Child Protective Services worker in Texas.

Matthews earned a doctorate of education from Wayne State University and a master’s of education degree from Texas Tech University.

Nancy Phillippart, president of the Troy Board of Education, said the board members were pleased with the support they received from the search consultant from the Michigan Association of School Boards.

“We have two excellent candidates to interview,” she said via email. She noted that the public is welcome to attend the interviews.

“We expect to select and approve the contract of our new superintendent at our regularly scheduled board meeting May 6. This will allow seamless transition between our new superintendent and Dr. Fowler prior to the beginning of the school year,” she said.

“The job of the superintendent is to be responsible for the performance of the district,” Matthews said via email. “The job of superintendent is not to do the job but to ensure that the district has strong and capable people in each position within the district.  This means that the superintendent communicates clearly the goals and expected performance, and then holds himself and others accountable.

“What I can bring to this position and the district is an understanding of how the superintendent can lead the district and work to ensure that our district is a good place for students, parents and staff.”

Machesky said in an email that he brings  “to the position of superintendent of Troy schools significant experience as a teacher and educational leader at multiple levels, including middle and high schools, as well as central office in two highly respected, academically vibrant and diverse educational communities. Also, I believe the relationships I have built in Troy, both within the district, as well as with those in the civic and business community, make me a strong candidate for the position. Most importantly, I understand the needs of the students, staff and members of the Troy learning community, and I am dedicated to further growing the achievement of students both in and outside the classroom as we take the Troy School District to the next level of excellence.”

The interviews will be held at 6 p.m. April 21 and 29 in the Troy School District Services Administration Building, 4400 Livernois.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Terry Oparka at toparka@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1054.