Contract negotiations underway for new Dexter schools superintendent
The Dexter Community Schools Board of Education voted at a special meeting last week to hire superintendent of Adrian Public Schools Christopher Timmis as Dexter's next superintendent, according to a report in the Dexter Leader.
School board president Larry Cobler told the Leader he expects the contract to be finalized by the end of the month, but the district intends to be flexible to allow him to work both in Dexter and Adrian "for a little while."
The newspaper reports Cornerstone Elementary School Principal Craig McCalla temporarily will head up the district beginning in July, after interim superintendent Dennis Desmarais' services end. Desmarais, a retired administrator from Riverview schools, was contracted to serve as the interim in December when former Superintendent Mary Marshal left to accept a job leading Pentwater Public Schools on the west side of the state.
According to the district's most recent salary and compensation report, the Dexter superintendent received a salary of $130,000 with $14,295 in health care coverage and $7,000 in supplemental stipends. At Adrian, Timmis earned a salary of $115,000 in 2011, along with a mileage stipend of $6,000, a pension of $28,367 and $11,138.04 in health care coverage.
A recent database of superintendent salaries had Dexter's total compensation package at $183,795 and Adrian's at $157,125.
Timmis was pegged in May as the one finalist for the Dexter position. He has been the superintendent of Adrian schools for five years. He received his bachelor's degree from Adrian College and his master's in education from Wayne State University.