Glen Lake eyes candidate for superintendent

Jul 17, 2019

 

Around a hundred people attended the Glen Lake Community Schools board meeting in December, 2018. Most public comments were about a culture of fear, low staff morale and teacher dissatisfaction.
Credit Morgan Springer

The Glen Lake School Board has identified a likely candidate to be their new superintendent. 

The district, which has been dealing with conflicts since last year, just added three new members to its board last week.

The prospective superintendent, Jon Hoover, was a teacher and principal at Glen Lake Elementary School in the 90s. He went on to become the District Superintendent for Alanson, Elk Rapids and East Jordan Schools.

Interim Education Board President Lisa Siddall says Hoover’s experience and connection to Glen Lake stood out among the 20 applications they reviewed. 

“He has helped districts that were in similar situations to ours come through with strong leadership and strong vision and strong commitments to building relationships and healing,” she says.

Hoover will meet with the board Thursday night. Siddall says if it goes well they hope to hire him on the spot.

The superintendent search began in June after the district parted ways with former Superintendent Sander Scott, who had a tumultuous relationship with teachers. Four school board members resigned following that decision.