3 set to interview for CCISD superintendent

HANCOCK – The Copper Country Intermediate School District Board of Education will continue its search for a new superintendent with the first round of interviews Thursday. After receiving eight applications for the position, board members voted unanimously to invite three candidates to interview. All three may be familiar to locals – Doreen Klingbeil, superintendent of the Houghton-Portage Township district; Darryl Pierce, superintendent of the public schools of Calumet, Laurium & Keweenaw; and George Stockero, superintendent of Chassell Township Schools.

Although candidates from outside the area did apply for the position, current CCISD Superintendent Dennis Harbour said the board felt the local candidates were the best qualified. During board meetings earlier in the year, board members also discussed the importance of a candidate who has ties to the area or is willing to relocate and become immersed in the community.

“I think it’s just the fear someone would come in here, use this as a stepping stone and be gone in a year or two. That’s not good for the organization, local schools or employees,” Harbour said.

Interviews will commence Thursday at 1 p.m., starting with Klingbeil. Each interview will consist of approximately 20 questions and last 75 minutes. Donna Oser, director of executive search services for the Michigan Association of School Boards, will ask the questions and manage the time to allow board members to concentrate on candidates’ responses.

Pierce’s interview will start at 2:30 p.m. followed by a brief break and then Stockero’s interview at 4:15 p.m.

Although this is only the first of two potential rounds of interviews, Harbour said it is possible the board will reach its final decision during its regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

“It is conceivable after three interviews that the board, during the regular meeting, could discuss this and agree to offer the person a contract,” he said. “When I was hired that’s what happened – they interviewed three and that evening they offered me the job.”

The interviews and regular meeting are open to the public. Although there will not be an opportunity for the public to directly address candidates, anyone attending will have the opportunity to make written statements to the board regarding the candidates.