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Posted on Mon, Jun 17, 2013 : 3:31 p.m.

Contract negotiations underway for new Dexter schools superintendent

By Danielle Arndt

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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.

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Christopher Timmis

The next step is negotiating terms of employment and a contract.

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.

Danielle Arndt covers K-12 education for Follow her on Twitter @DanielleArndt or email her at


Mackinac Straits

Wed, Jun 26, 2013 : 2:27 p.m.

What a striking contrast in governance and stewardship that the AAPS Board is flooded with Superintendent applicants while the Dexter Board can seem to only gin up a single "acceptable" applicant with whom to pursue a contract.

Shawn Letwin

Wed, Jun 19, 2013 : 11:15 p.m.

The superintendent position is a service position for the benefit of the taxpayers. One certainly cannot say that making around 100K is not a livable wage (far from it). Heads of organizations who use the pay of others to justify there salaries is ridiculous and a luxury not afforded to all of those within the organization who do the majority of the work. I stand by my comments and beliefs.


Wed, Jun 19, 2013 : 8 p.m.

Quite a set of comments by you ...and, apparently, not researched. If one were to compare the benefits for this "CEO" to a for profit company CEO with the responsibility for same number of people the later's compensation package would be larger. There are no bonuses, stock options, commissions, company car, etc, for the non- profit CEO. The salary for this man is right in the range as listed on for CEOs of non-profits.

Shawn Letwin

Wed, Jun 19, 2013 : 9:53 a.m.

Quite a compensation package Timmis had at Adrian! Timmis lives in Adrian and he gets a $6,000 mileage stipend! Next he had a pension contribution of over 25% of his salary on an annual basis contributed to directly to him with no (apparent) contribution from Timmis himself. Also noting that the $28,000 is 40% greater than the poverty level for a family of four. Educators are service providers yet they get benefits in line with for profit companies that do generate a profit. Timmis' additional compensation package is greater than the starting salary of a new Dexter teacher. In student funding terms, it took about 5 Adrian students just to fully fund the benefits package for Timmis. It is also noteworthy that as Timmis continues to switch school districts, his pension carries on without peril by being administered by the state; leaving no impediment for superintendents to job hop at great frequency.