Cass City Schools Begin Seeking Replacement of Retired Superintendent

CASS CITY – Several tough decisions will need to be made over the next few weeks by the Cass City School District School Board in order to find a replacement for its senior administrator.

Superintendent Jeff Hartel announced on May 10 that he planned to retire on July 31.

The announcement prompted a special education council meeting for the council to consider its options.

Representatives from the Michigan Leadership Institute and the Michigan Association of School Boards have been contacted regarding the job offer.

The recent meeting was mostly informative about how a superintendent’s search is done, the steps to take, the overall process, how long it might take, and more.

Rod Green did the presentation for MASB and Charles Andrews did the presentation for MLI.

During the hour-long meeting, each representative presented the services their company could offer if selected.

In addition to hiring a company to help with the research, the board also has the option of posting the job and performing the research itself.

In a brief discussion after the presentations, board members discussed their options.

The consensus during the discussion was that council members did not feel comfortable with the challenge of finding a new leader for the district and felt that turning to a professional might be the best option.

The board is expected to make a decision at its regular meeting on May 24 at 7 p.m.

“I’ll be happy to make the transition as smooth as possible,” said Hartel.

Retirement was not an easy decision for Hartel. His career in education spanned 34 years, including 30 years at schools in Cass City, where he was once a student.

“I was just ready for something new. No other reason than to enjoy life a little more and seek new opportunities, ”said Hartel. “I will miss a lot about getting to school every day, but I know in my heart that it’s time to find a new job.

“I have been fortunate to work with a wonderful group of administrators and staff, students, parents and school boards.

Whoever is selected will have big shoes to fill when Hartel leaves.

He has been superintendent since 2010 after spending eight years with the district as a middle school principal and three years previously as a middle school vice-principal and athletic director.

All his years of experience in various aspects of education in the district have prepared him for the highest leadership positions.

Hartel has consistently received high marks from the school board for his leadership performance.

In its last review in December 2020, the board rated its performance as “very effective”, which is the highest rating.

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