School Board to hire new superintendent

Graham Jaehnig/Daily Mining Gazette The Hancock School Board, from left, Michael Lancour, Wendy Chynoweth, Catherine Jordan, Dale Kero, Randy Heinonen, Mary Babcock, and Charles Paoli, are scheduled to hire a new superintendent at Monday’s regular monthly meeting.

HANCOCK — The Board of Education will announce its final selection of a new superintendent at its regular monthly meeting Monday, which will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the high school multi-purpose room.

Drawing from an original list of 10 applications, last week board members narrowed the field down to three candidates, who were interviewed during a public meeting conducted last Tuesday.

The candidates interviewed included Steve Patchin, director of Career Services at Michigan Technological University. His educational experiences range from middle/high school educator in mathematics and social sciences, to creating and operating innovative science technology engineering and math (STEM)-focused pre-college outreach programs in a university setting,including co-creating and operating Mind Trekkers, a college student-driven traveling festival that inspires K-12 students to pursue STEM-focused careers.

Also interviewed was Copper Country Intermediate School District Special Education Supervisor Katrina Carlson, whose educational experiences include pre-school and Kindergarten teaching in the Republic-Michigamme School District. She has been employed with the CCISD for the past 16 years, where she has worked in Early Childhood, high school Career and Technical Education, special education outreach, and currently supervisor.

Hancock native Chris Salani, Hancock athletic director, was also interviewed. His educational experiences include 15 years as athletic director and coach at Finlandia University, where during his tenure, the university added nine varsity sports, and also during which time, the Lions became members of the MCHA (men’s hockey) and NCHA (women’s hockey), and the WIAC (men’s soccer).

Salani also led the phase of Finlandia’s Athletic Strategic Plan, which included adding nine more varsity sports by 2021, including the inaugural start of Finlandia’s football program in 2015.

Agenda item No. 5 seeks authorization to hire a superintendent candidate contingent on contract negotiations, and No. 6 seeks the authorization of Board President Dale Kero to act on behalf of the district to offer the new superintendent a written offer.

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