Superintendent plans to leave GP Schools

By: April Lehmbeck | Grosse Pointe Times | Published December 17, 2014


GROSSE POINTES — Superintendent Thomas Harwood is planning to move on, which means that the Grosse Pointe Public School System Board of Education is getting ready to launch a search for the top leadership role in the district.

“Dr. Thomas Harwood, Superintendent of the Grosse Pointe Public School System, has notified the Grosse Pointe Board of Education that he does not intend to request that his contract be extended beyond the expiration of his current contract on June 30, 2015,” board President Joan Dindoffer said in an emailed statement from the board.

The board met Dec. 10 to “accept Dr. Harwood’s notification and to begin the process of a superintendent search to fill the position effective July 1, 2015,” Dindoffer said.

At the Dec. 10 board meeting, the board voted 6-0 to accept Harwood’s notice that he is not planning to renew his contract, to approve a superintendent search and to cancel the midyear evaluation process in light of Harwood’s decision.

Trustee Cindy Pangborn said that she hopes the district communicates with everyone in the community, including those who do not have children in the district, because they are stakeholders in the district.

“I just hope that we are methodical, that we really talk to the community before it’s set in progress,” she said.

Harwood said in an email that he’s looking into “other professional opportunities.” He had positive things to say about his time in the district.

“I am extremely proud of the many accomplishments that the students and the staff have experienced in the Grosse Pointe School System over the past years,” he said. “We should be proud of the continued tradition of academic excellence as displayed by the accomplishments and performance of our students.

“I am pleased that I have been a member of an instructional team that has worked diligently to keep the needs of the students at the forefront of the decisions and planning for the school system,” he said. “I am currently exploring other professional opportunities at this time.”