'The magic number is 1': Saline receives 61 applications for high school principal
Saline Area Schools is 60 individuals away from filling its high school principal position.
The official application period closed Friday with 61 applicants, 38 of whom have completed all the necessary requirements to receive consideration for the position, said Curt Ellis, executive director of human resources for Saline Area Schools.
Just one individual is an internal candidate, while the others are overwhelmingly from Michigan. Saline also received applicants from Ohio, Minnesota, California, Florida and North Carolina.
Ellis said the number of applicants is not the number he is focusing on.
“The magic number is ... one,” he said. “Whether there were 10, 20 or 50 applications, we are determined to find the one individual who has the right skill set to lead our students, staff and community as the next principal of Saline High School.”
Ellis is very satisfied with the pool of candidates the position attracted. Twenty-seven of the applicants have previous administrative experience, either serving in a central office, as an assistant principal or as a middle or high school building principal.
“I think it speaks volumes about the quality of Saline Area Schools that experienced school leaders who live and work as far as 2,500 miles away are interested in working here,” Ellis said.
The next step will be screening applications to determine which of the candidates are worthy of an initial interview, he said. Ellis anticipates he will begin the interview process shortly after spring break. May 11 is the target date for presenting a candidate to the Board of Education.
Former Saline High School principal Ben Williams left Saline in January to become the superintendent of Central Lake Public Schools in northern Michigan. Assistant principal Eric Diroff currently is serving as interim principal.
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