Search begins for Hancock principal

5 applicants so far for MS/HS job

Kurt Hauglie/Daily Mining Gazette The Hancock Public Schools Board of Education is taking applications for middle school/high school principal to replace Kipp Beaudoin, seen here July 24 during his interview for superintendent. He was chosen for the position.

HANCOCK — Now that Kipp Beaudoin has officially become the Hancock Public Schools superintendent, a search is on for his replacement as middle school and high school principal.

On July 24, the Hancock Public Schools Board of Education chose Beaudoin from a group of four candidates to be superintendent. Also interviewed were Mark Brenton, principal of Polk Elementary School in the Dearborn Heights School District No. 7, David Dyb, district administrator at the Iola-Scandanavia School District in Wisconsin, and Howard Parmentier, superintendent, principal and athletic director for Chassell Township Schools. Previous to that position, Parmentier was principal at Hancock Public Schools’ Gordon G. Barkell Elementary School.

Beaudoin said he’s going over five applications. The deadline for application is Monday.

Although a start date of Sept. 5 — the first day of school — would be ideal, Beaudoin said he and the board of education understand that may not be possible.

“We have to be very respectful if they have a commitment with their current employer,” he said.

The applications he had as of Thursday come from as far west as Colorado, two from the Lower Peninsula, and one from a southern state.

On the district’s website, the notice for applications for a new principal states the applicant must have a master’s degree in educational administration or education leadership, a valid Michigan Administrative Certificate or ability to have valid principal certification awarded prior to the start of the 2017-18 school year, and experience working within a public school system as a teacher or related educational experience.

Beaudoin said after he and the hiring committee make a recommendation for the superintendent, the board of education will hire someone.

“We’ll do some screenings, and we’ll do some interviews,” he said.