Center Line holds interviews for new superintendent

By: Maria Allard | Warren Weekly | Published July 17, 2020

 Eve Kaltz

Eve Kaltz

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CENTER LINE — Eight candidates interested in becoming the next Center Line Public Schools superintendent were interviewed via virtual public meetings July 15-16 by the district’s Board of Education.

Parents, community members and district staff were encouraged to virtually attend the interviews and offer feedback. The interviews followed a roundtable format. The board is supposed to meet again July 22 virtually to discuss the interviews.

The Board of Education plans to select the new superintendent by narrowing down the field to two or three candidates for a second round of interviews July 29, unless more time is needed. A link to view the virtual meeting will be posted on the district’s website at www.clps.org/apps/events.

The eight candidates were Angel Abdulahad, superintendent of Madison District Public Schools; Dorothy Blackwell, superintendent of Vassar Public Schools; Mary Ann Cyr, assistant superintendent, Taylor School District; Joseph Haynes, assistant superintendent, Yale Public Schools; Richard Klee, former director of curriculum and instruction, state and federal programs, Crestwood School District; Lisa Oleski, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, CLPS; David Rabbideau, former assistant superintendent, Harper Woods Public Schools; and Melody Strang, superintendent, Genesee School District.

A total of 39 applicants applied for the position. The superintendent search posting closed June 24.

The Michigan Association of School Boards provided superintendent search services. Prior to the interviews, Greg Sieszputowski, MASB director of leadership development and executive search services, visited the district to speak with employees and community members. They shared what they were looking for in a superintendent, including professional experience, character traits, education and strengths. Sieszputowski also helped prep the school board with questions, as well as the recruiting and posting of the job, “to make sure we had the best pool possible.”

“By our evaluation, via an extensive paper screening, the applicant pool is very strong relative to other searches, as it includes a higher proportion of applicants with prior superintendent experience and numerous applicants with considerable district-wide administrative experience,” a MASB press release states. “Many of the applicants in this pool met the criteria established by the board.”

According to the press release, the applicant pool data for the CLPS superintendent vacancy were as follows: 42% with a doctor of education or a doctor of philosophy in education degree, 26% with educational specialist degree or 6-year equivalent, and 32% with a master of arts and a master of science degree.

As for experience, 37% were former/current superintendents, 39% worked as assistant superintendent/central office staff, and 24% were building administrators. A total of 30% of candidates were from outside of Michigan.

The new superintendent will follow in the footsteps of Eve Kaltz. In January, Kaltz announced her retirement effective June 30. However, because of the COVID-19 shutdown, the superintendent search was postponed. Kaltz plans to finish by the end of July.

Kaltz is a 1978 Center Line High School graduate. She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Oakland University and a master’s degree in educational administration from Saginaw Valley State University.

Kaltz began working in the district as a teacher on Sept. 13, 1988, moving between second and fifth grades. After 13 years in the classroom, she took on the position of an elementary learning consultant in CLPS. She served as principal at both Peck and Crothers elementary schools. Kaltz also served the district in the capacity of director of curriculum, instruction and assessment.

Kaltz has been a member of several educational organizations, including the Galileo Institute for Teacher Leadership, the District Administration Leadership Institute, the Michigan Institute of Education Management, Michigan CoOp, the Michigan Association of School Administrators, Oakland University’s Superintendents’ Academy and the Tri-County Alliance for Public Education.

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