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Posted on Thu, Oct 25, 2012 : 4:10 p.m.

Dexter's Mary Marshall offered Pentwater superintendent's position

By Danielle Arndt

Dexter Superintendent Mary Marshall nailed her interview with the Pentwater Public Schools and was offered the vacant superintendent’s position, according to a Ludington Daily News report.


Mary Marshall

The interview was Wednesday, and Pentwater Interim Superintendent Lynn Bollman told the Daily News that Marshall “knocked it out of the park.”

Details about the transition and the contract have not been finalized yet.

Bollman told the Daily News he is “thrilled” with Marshall’s selection and is “absolutely confident that the children and the community of Pentwater will be well served.”

Dexter school board President Larry Cobler has been notified of her new appointment, Marshall told

Pentwater is a small school district located in Pentwater Township along Lake Michigan, about 80 miles north of Grand Rapids. A total of 283 students were enrolled in 2011-12, according to the Center for Educational Performance and Information. In comparison, Dexter had 3,588 student last year.

Earlier this month, after being selected as one of Pentwater’s four finalists, Marshall told that Pentwater’s quaintness, its strong community and lifestyle appealed to her and fits her “longer range life plan” for her family.

She expressed her excitement for the possible new opportunity, as well as her sorrow in potentially saying goodbye to the staff, students and teachers she has worked with for 20 years at Dexter Community Schools.

Read’s full report here. See what the Ludington Daily News said here.

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Zach Jerger

Wed, Mar 27, 2013 : 6:24 p.m.

Good riddance

Eric Marshall

Thu, Nov 1, 2012 : 2:08 p.m.

Lets see - during Marshall's tenure as Superintendent: New field house at Al Ritt New playing surface at Al Ritt New athletics field under construction Successful programs in swimming, soccer, basketball, field hockey, track and field, baseball/softball, lacrosse. So, yes, I guess you are all correct - no winning football team so she obviously ignores athletics!

Tom Bower

Mon, Oct 29, 2012 : 1:49 p.m.

A 283 student school district. Incredible.


Fri, Oct 26, 2012 : 1:35 p.m.

Now we get to see if the past couple of years worth of athletics dpt. snafus were because of Mary Marshall or the school board. Maybe a change on the school board as well...


Fri, Oct 26, 2012 : 8:39 a.m.

I hope the Pentwater board of education did their due diligence before making their selection decision. They could be in for quite a surprise if they did not.


Fri, Oct 26, 2012 : 1:22 p.m.



Thu, Oct 25, 2012 : 10:03 p.m.

Congratulations Mary! I think you did a fine job here in Dexter, especially given the financial challenges facing public education in the state of Michigan and in Dexter. As the parent of student-athletes, I think you have had your priorities straight. Best of luck to you. I hope the district can find someone to lead in the excellent tradition of Evelynn Shirk and yourself.

Laura Jones

Thu, Oct 25, 2012 : 10 p.m.

I wish her well in her new position. This certainly makes the School Board election a lot more important! Perhaps worth a couple of local meetings on the subject of new superintendent and priorities by all candidates. It will be interesting to see what people are clamoring for in a new Superintendent. For my part, I would like to see a long school day and school year. I would also like to see a robust intramural sports program at all grades as part of the school day that would fill the end of that day for kids. Revamping the food program would also be great to remove prepackaged foot in favor of cooked on site and fresh options.


Thu, Oct 25, 2012 : 8:38 p.m.

Hopefully, Marshall will take the position and move on.


Thu, Oct 25, 2012 : 8:28 p.m.

I'm sure many associated with Dexter Athletics wish her the best of luck in Pentwater. From everything I've heard and everyone I've talked to about Dexter athletics, she is a very large reason that athletics in Dexter are suffering. She supposedly is very difficult to work with, which is part of the reason Dexter has had a huge athletic director rotation in recent years. Hopefully she can take the Pentwater job, which will be better for her longterm life plans and Dexter can get a leader who is supporting of the athletic programs in Dexter, which are generally high quality programs.


Thu, Oct 25, 2012 : 8:51 p.m.

In life, there are can-do yes people and it'll never work no people. Mary is a no person. Just one of those people who takes more satisfaction in a "no" than trying to find a solution. Go ahead and delete my comment. I'm usually very careful and I try to be fair, but this just had to be said.


Thu, Oct 25, 2012 : 8:47 p.m.

I don't think Pentwater is going to be very concerned about their athletics program. Should be a good fit, actually.