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RCS Superintendent Search: The Districts and Interview Schedule

December 18, 2012

The Rochester Community Schools Board of Education has released the names of candidates selected for the superintendent position.  They are:

Candidate Current District Current Title
Dr. Robert Martin West Bloomfield Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction
Dr. David Richards Fraser Superintendent
Dr. Robert Shaner Warren Consolidated Executive Director for Instruction and Technology
Mrs. Cindy Weber Durand Superintendent

Finding out a significant amount of information about particular candidates and their views without an interviews is difficult, so I have chosen to compare the school districts they come from.  Two of them are superintendents, so their views and success should be reflected in the views and success of their districts.  One is an assistant superintendent and one an executive director and while they hold significant importance for each district, they are not the primary decision maker.

As in the previous superintendent search, Rochester SAGE will be sending out questionnaires on gifted education to the candidates for inclusion in future posts.  Below I have information on each candidate’s district and the timeline for the interviews.

A few remarks based on the data:

  • All candidates come from districts with lower performance than RCS
  • No district listed has shown significant improvement in MEAP or ACT readiness over the past few years
  • All candidates are from districts with greater numbers of economically disadvantaged students
  • Three candidates are from significantly smaller districts

In the previous superintendent search, the candidates were easily divided into assistant superintendents from larger districts with high Great Schools scores and superintendents from smaller districts with lower Great Schools scores.  This slate is not as easily categorized and most candidates come from districts with some similarities to Rochester Community Schools.

Resumes and Applications

District Data

Below is some of the data for each district.  You can also view data for the districts at the MI School Data Portal.  Do you have another favorite measure?  Please post it in the comments.

Data continues on the border area due to table width.

Candidate School District Great Schools 7th Grade MEAP & Trend MME Proficiency ACT Readiness 4 Yr Grad Rate Economically
Title Enrollment Rating Math Reading Disadvantaged (2008)
Dr. Robert Martin West Bloomfield 6,823 students 9 57.6% 70.9% 28.4% 29.1% 89.2% 16.48%
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction 11 schools Slightly Up Static Slightly Up
Dr. David Richards Fraser 4,811 students 7 41.0% 64.1% 10.9% 14.3% 87.8% 29.12%
Superintendent 8 schools Up Slightly Up Static
Dr. Robert Shaner Warren Consolidated 15,537 students 6 33.7% 56.3% 12.2% 12.5% 79.6% 36.31%
Executive Director for Instruction and Technology 25 schools Slightly Up Static Slightly Up
Mrs. Cindy Weber Durand 1,825 students 5 34.2% 67.3% 11.1% 8.9% 73.8% 41.84%
Superintendent 6 schools Slightly Down Up Static
 Reference Rochester Community Schools 14,814 students 10 75.8% 84.50% 37.0% 35.9% 92.5% 9.36%
21 schools Slightly Up Slightly Up Slightly Up
 Reference State of Michigan 1,543,588 students 37.2% 59.70% 17.9% 17.7% 74.3%
Static Slightly Up Slightly Up


Interview Schedule

The schedule for interviews is:

Monday, January 7, 6:30 PM (Open to public)

  • 7:00-8:15 PM – Dr. Martin
  • 8:30-9:45 PM – Mrs. Weber

Wednesday, January 9, 7:00 PM (Open to public)

  • 7:00-8:15 PM – Dr. Richards
  • 8:30-9:45 PM – Dr. Shaner
  • Board of Education selects finalists

Week of January 14

  • Site visits to finalists’ districts

January 22

  • Finalists tour Rochester Community Schools
  • Open House for finalists in the Harrison Room of the Administration Building, 7:00 – 8:30 PM (Open to public)

January 23

  • Staff, parents, students, and community dialogues with finalists
  • Finalist interviews from 5:00 – 6:45 PM and 7:15 – 9:00 PM (Open to public)

January 24

  • Board of Education meeting to select superintendent, 7:00 PM (Open to public)

If the process remains similar to last time, the first round of interviews will be questions by the Board of Education trustees only.  The interviews of the finalists will have an opportunity for community members to ask questions.  After each interview of candidates or finalists, community members may fill out evaluation sheets on the candidates that will be distributed to the Board of Education.

Thank you for reading Rochester SAGE.  Together we can make a difference for gifted children!

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