Branch ISD Board sets first round interviews for new Superintendent

The Branch ISD School Board has invited four candidates to interview for the position of Superintendent. The invitations were extended near the end of a special board meeting Wednesday night with consultants Dave Killips and Gary Rider. Both are Regional Presidents of the Michigan Leadership Institute who were selected by the Board to lead the search effort.

During the meeting, 15 applicants were presented to the Board.  The Board reviewed resumes, and then Rider and Killips facilitated the process to narrow the field to those the Board wanted to invite to interview.  The board also discussed the importance of feedback from parents, students, staff, and the community during the process, and began to develop interview questions.

The board is on pace to move forward with their plan to conduct first round interviews next week and second round interviews the following week.  Site visits to final candidates’ districts are also a possibility and would be conducted after the second-round interviews.  Branch ISD Board President Ken Norton said, “We hope parents, members of the community and staff will attend the interviews.  It will be very important for the Board to have their input during the process.”

The public is invited to all interviews and is strongly encouraged to attend.  Their feedback after each interview will be valuable to the Board.  All interviews will take place in room # 164 of the Branch Area Careers Center, 366 Morse Street, Coldwater MI.  Below is the first-round interview schedule:

Monday, February 26

4:00 p.m.         Karen Sherwood, Superintendent, Kalkaska Public Schools

5:30 p.m.         Nicholas Steinmetz, Assistant Superintendent, Gogebic-Ontonagon ISD

Tuesday, February 27

4:00 p.m.         Patrick Kreger, Superintendent, Union City Community Schools

5:30 p.m.         Kristine Jenkins, Assistant Superintendent, Calhoun ISD


Gary Rider, Regional President, Michigan Leadership Institute, 616-901-3738 or

Dave Killips, Regional President, Michigan Leadership Institute, 734-320-6572 or