Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Ida Public Schools
Position Details: 



The mission of Ida Public Schools is to bring students, staff and community together to maintain our rich traditions. We will provide students with a safe learning environment, an exceptional curriculum, skills to meet the challenges of the future, and the means to become life-long learners.


Superintendent Selection Criteria


Ida Public Schools is seeking a strong, collaborative leader to work with the staff, students, community and school board to create a successful educational experience for all. The Board of Education of Ida Public Schools has identified the following criteria for the next superintendent of this close-knit community.


  • Focused on increasing educational opportunities for all students
  • Inspires others with a shared vision for the future
  • Identifies and prioritizes both short term and long-term goals
  • Thinks strategically – is forward thinking and a creative problem solver
  • Demonstrates the ability to establish/enhance partnerships within the community and the media

Professional Background

  • Possesses a minimum of a Master’s degree plus administrative certification
  • Administrative experience
  • Proven record of success in raising student achievement
  • Prefer experience working with students as classroom teacher or in a similar capacity
  • Knowledgeable in budgeting practices that promote best use of resources
  • Skilled evaluator

The Ida Public Schools Board of Education has determined that the following criteria are those which are most highly sought in a new superintendent/building administrator:

  • The Board of Education shall exercise its executive power in part by the appointment of a Superintendent who shall enforce the statutes of the State of Michigan, rules of the State Board of Education, and the policies of this Board.
  • Exemplifies the highest level of personal and professional ethics, personal integrity and trust


  • A visionary leader with the ability to engage all stakeholders in the pursuit of a clear vision for the district that is focused on student achievement, professional conduct and civility, improving financial prioritization, stability and communication
  • Leadership experience in a traditional public-school setting that reflects a record of success in positions of increasing responsibility with administrative experience; however non-traditional candidates with proper credentials and background may be considered
  • A school leader who is approachable and treats everyone with respect and dignity
  • A leader who brings fresh ideas and yet is open to ideas and suggestions from a variety of sources within the school community
  • Demonstrates strong interpersonal and public relations skill; provides timely and detailed responses to all questions and concerns
  • Demonstrates transparency in decision-making, provides rationale to promote understanding around difficult choices
  • Instills systems, processes and procedures that promote efficiency
  • Dedication to educational excellence and the success of all students
  • A school leader who understands student growth and the impact it has on facilities, finance and staffing
  • Demonstrates knowledge of and experience with effective curriculum, instruction, assessment, professional development and best practices to improve teaching and student achievement
  • A commitment to a philosophy of continuous improvement through collaboration, teamwork and research
  • Demonstrates knowledge and successful experience in public school finance and fiscal management; including bond issues and related experiences
  • Knowledge and passion for facility maintenance and operations, including support services, facility studies, improvements, bonding opportunities and facility utilization
  • Demonstrates success in human resource management, including collective bargaining contract administration and employment practices
  • A leader who sets high expectations for self and others; holds staff at all levels accountable and accepts responsibility for results
  • A leader who demonstrates the ability to develop and direct an effective leadership team
  • A leader who demonstrates a strong working relationship with staff, board members, students and the community
  • Establishes direction through long-range strategic planning
  • Recognizes curriculum and instruction as “non-negotiables”
  • Experience in leading change during challenging times externally and internally within public education
  • Demonstrates track record of direct involvement and knowledge of politics of public education in a small school setting and at the intermediate, state and federal levels
  • Demonstrates ability to be visible throughout the district to staff, students and the community while actively engaging within school and community activities
  • Strong and proven successful organizational skills
  • Extremely strong work ethic, ability to multi task and prioritize


  • Resides within 20 miles or less of the perimeter of the school district
  • Proven leadership ability with skills in implementing change, collaboration, successful systems, creative problem solving, intelligent risk taking, decision making, team building and eager to seek feedback
  • Desire to be involved in other leadership opportunities at the local, regional and state level, such as Monroe County ISD, MASA Region 8, local organizations
  • Other responsibilities based on NEOLA policy 1230 and 1230.01


Salary and Contract Information

The Board of Education will offer a comprehensive, multi-year contract. Salary and benefits will be commensurate with the skills and experience of the successful candidate, with a salary range of $105,000-$120,000.

Application Procedure

Application, Cover Letter, Resume and Supporting Credential Files should be completed and submitted on the Ida Schools Website,, Employment Opportunities Link, AppliTrack.

Search Timeline

Application deadline: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 3:00pm. Selection of Candidates for Interview: Monday, April 29, 2019 First Round Interviews: Week of May 6, 2019

Second Round Interviews: Week of May 13, 2019 (will include an open session with BOE, side

meeting with Administration and Staff, plus a site visit of IPS’s district and Board Committee visit to your district if necessary)

Candidate Selection by Board of Education: Monday, June 10, 2019 (Board Meeting or before) New Superintendent Start Date: Monday, July 1, 2019 (or before)

This superintendent search will be conducted with due regard to the Michigan Open Meetings Act (Public Act 267 of 1976) requirement of open meetings for all public body deliberations, decisions and interviews.

The Board of Education may make exceptions to this profile, posting, process and/or timeline to ensure selection of the best candidates as determined solely by the Board. The Board of Education will make all decisions with respect to process, evaluation of candidates, selection of candidates to be interviewed and appointment of the successful candidate.


Board of Education

Michael Mero Jr, President          Jamie Hunter, Trustee Tim Janssen, Vice-President                Andrew Peth, Trustee Matt Darr, Treasurer                                      Jennifer Muir, Trustee Heather Schafer, Secretary


District Demographics

Enrollment: 1,473 (DK-12)

Instructional Staff: 77 Teachers (30 ES, 22 MS, 25 HS)

Office Staff: 8 (4 Offices)

Business Services: 3 (1 - Business Manager Collaboration with Monroe County ISD) Support Staff: 88 (DK-12)

Administrators: 1 Superintendent, 3 Building Principals (Elementary, Middle, High School) 1 Curriculum Director, 1 Athletic Director, 1 Food Service Director

1 Transportation/Maintenance Director

Counseling Support: 4 (1 Elementary, 1 Middle, 2 High School) Foundation Grant: $7,871 (2019)

Taxable Value: $309,797,627 (2018) Non-Homestead Levy: 18 mills Budget Expenditures: $14,199,675 Projected Fund Balances: 21%

Technology Millage: $292.73 per pupil (2018/19)

$1,487.72 blended pupil count (2017/18) Total payment $432,869.18




The Ida Public Schools Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of the Protected Classes of race, color, national origin, sex (including sexual orientation and transgender identity), disability, age (except as authorized by law), religion, military status, ancestry or genetic information (collectively, “Protected Classes”) in its educational programs or activities or in its employment policies.  The district compliance officers are the Superintendent and Curriculum Coordinator, 3145 Prairie Street, Ida, MI 48140.