Branch ISD Board selects finalists in search for Superintendent

The Branch ISD School Board has narrowed the field in their search for a new Superintendent. Gogebic-Ontonagon ISD Assistant Superintendent Nicholas Steinmetz, and Calhoun ISD Assistant Superintendent Kristine Jenkins have been selected as the two finalists. BISD Board President, Ken Norton said, “We were very pleased to have four outstanding candidates to consider. The task of narrowing down the field to two finalists was very difficult. In the end, the Board felt these two were the best fit for the candidate profile we developed. The Board would like to thank all those who provided their input to help us develop that profile. It has been, and will be, a very important tool for us to use during the process.”

Second round interviews will take place at 6:00 pm on March 5 and 6. There will also be an open house for staff and community members to meet the candidates from 3:00 – 4:30 pm in the mall area of the Branch Area Careers Center.

All interviews will take place in room # 164 of the Branch Area Careers Center, 366 Morse Street, Coldwater MI. Search Consultant Dave Killips said, “The public is strongly encouraged to attend. Feedback from the audience has been very valuable to the Board in the selection process.” Co-facilitators Killips and Gary Rider are Regional Presidents of the Michigan Leadership Institute and were selected by the Branch ISD Board to facilitate the search effort.

Nicholas Steinmetz will interview on Monday, March 5. He currently serves as Assistant Superintendent/Director of General Education for the Gogebic-Ontonagon ISD and has done so for the past three years. Mr. Steinmetz previously served as the Principal for the Ironwood Area Schools for two years, and as an Elementary teacher for the Berkley School District for three years. He holds a Master’s degree in K-12 Education Administration from Michigan State University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, from Ferris State University.

Kristine Jenkins will interview on Tuesday, March 6. She has served as Assistant Superintendent of Regional Career & Technical Education for the Calhoun ISD for the past fourteen years. Prior to this work, Mrs. Jenkins served as an Elementary Principal, grant writer, and teacher in her fourteen years with the Tekonsha Community Schools. She holds a Master’s degree in K-12 Educational Leadership from Michigan State University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from Eastern Michigan University.



Gary Rider, Regional President, Michigan Leadership Institute, 616-901-3738 or
Dave Killips, Regional President, Michigan Leadership Institute, 734-320-6572 or