• Superintendent Search
  • November 15, 2017

    Contacts: 

    Gary Rider, Regional President, Michigan Leadership Institute, 616-901-3738 or gridermli@gmail.com

    Mr. David O’Bryant, Superintendent, Rogers City Area Schools, 231-330-0342

    Farwell Selects David O’Bryant as Next Superintendent

    The Farwell Board of Education has extended an offer to current Rogers City Superintendent, Mr. David O’Bryant to serve as their next Superintendent. The board voted unanimously to offer O’Bryant the position and enter into contract negotiations after his second-round interview Tuesday night.  The interview followed a series of day-long meetings O’Bryant attended with focus groups made up of community members, staff, and administrators.  Members of the Board are scheduled to meet with Mr. O’Bryant early next week to begin contract discussions.

    Board President Shari Buccilli told O’Bryant of the Board’s action via speakerphone during the meeting, which was immediately followed by enthusiastic applause from the audience of over 40 who were in attendance.  Mr. O’Bryant responded to the offer with, "I am amazed by the support of the Farwell Board, staff and community and I am grateful for this opportunity.”  O’Bryant’s statement was followed by applause from the crowd. 

    Buccilli said of O’Bryant, Dave is a great fit for the candidate profile we developed, and he made an excellent impression on those he met with during the process.  We were very lucky to have two outstanding finalists each with great skills and talents, but in the end Mr. O’Bryant was clearly the best fit for what our district and community needs.  We all look forward to working with him to move our district forward.”

    Search Consultant Gary Rider, of the Michigan Leadership Institute, said, “The Board did an outstanding job of listening to feedback from the public.  They followed the process diligently and worked through difficult decisions as a team.”

    David O’Bryant has served as Superintendent for the Rogers City Area Schools for the past two years.  Prior to this work, he served as the 6-12 Principal at Rogers City for six years.  Mr. O’Bryant has a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Grand Valley State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Math Education from Ferris State University.

     


    November 9, 2017

    Contact:  Gary Rider, Regional President, Michigan Leadership Institute, 616-901-3738 or gridermli@gmail.com

     Farwell Board selects finalists in search for Superintendent

    The Farwell Area School Board has narrowed the field in their search for a new Superintendent.  Rogers City Superintendent, David O’Bryant and Vestaburg K-12 Principal, Darby Weaver have been selected as the two finalists.

    Second round interviews are scheduled to take place at 7:00 pm, Monday, November 13 and Tuesday, November 14 in the Farwell High School Media Center.  Search Consultant Gary Rider said, “The public is strongly encouraged to attend. Feedback from the audience has already been very valuable to the Board in the selection process.”  Rider is the Regional President of the Michigan Leadership Institute. He was selected by the Farwell Board to facilitate the search effort.

    Darby Weaver will interview on Monday night.  Ms. Weaver has served as K-12 Principal for the Vestaburg Community Schools for the past two years.  Prior to this work she was the K-6 Principal at Vestaburg for five years.  Ms. Weaver has a Master’s degree in School Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, both from Central Michigan University.

    David O’Bryant will interview Tuesday night.  Mr. O’Bryant has served as Superintendent for the Rogers City Area Schools for the past two years.  Prior to this work, he served as the 6-12 Principal at Rogers City for six years.  Mr. O’Bryant has a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Grand Valley State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Math Education from Ferris State University.

    Rider said the next steps of the selection process will include opportunities for the board, parents, school staff, and business and community leaders to interact with the two finalists.  He continued to say board members agreed that the two finalists best met the criteria identified in the superintendent profile. The profile includes a list of characteristics generated through input from board members, parents, community and business leaders, students, and Farwell staff members. 

     


     

    Farwell Board sets first round interviews for new Superintendent

    November 2, 2017

    Contact:  Gary Rider, Regional President, Michigan Leadership Institute, 616-901-3738 or gridermli@gmail.com

    The Farwell School Board has invited six candidates to interview for the position of Superintendent. The invitations were extended near the end of a special board meeting Wednesday night with consultant Gary Rider. Rider is the Regional President of the Michigan Leadership Institute who was selected by the Board to lead the search effort.

    During the meeting, Rider presented 14 applicants to the Board.  The Board reviewed their resumes, and then Rider 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.  Farwell Board President Shari Buccilli 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 the High School Media Center, 399 E. Michigan Street, Farwell, MI 48622.  Below is the first-round interview schedule:

    Tuesday, November 7

    5:00     Bruce Tapio, Superintendent/Principal, North Central Area Schools, Powers, MI

    6:30     Loren Vannest, Superintendent, Hale Area Schools

    8:00     David O’Bryant, Superintendent/Principal, Rogers City Area Schools

    Wednesday, November 8

    5:30     Mark Bretton, Elementary Principal, Dearborn Heights District #7

    7:00     Gerald McCarty, Vice President for Student Affairs, Baker College of Flint

    8:30     Darby Weaver, K-12 Principal, Vestaburg Community Schools

     

     

     

     

    NOTICE OF SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS:

     Please take notice of the following special meetings of the Farwell Area Schools Board of Education.

    PLACE OF MEETINGS: Farwell High School Media Center

    DATES AND TIMES OF MEETINGS:

    • Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 6:00P.M.

    The purpose of this meeting is to screen applicants and select candidates to be interviewed for the superintendent position. This meeting will be conducted primarily as a closed session meeting.

    • Tuesday and Wednesday, November 7 and 8, 2017 with times to be announced.

    The purpose of these meetings will be to conduct first-round interviews of superintendent candidates.

    • Monday and Tuesday, November 13 and 14, 2017 at 7:00 P.M.

    The purpose of these meetings will be to conduct second-round interviews of the finalists for the superintendent candidates.

     

    Board of Education Telephone: 989-588-9917

    Board meeting minutes are located at the following address: 399 East Michigan Street, Farwell, Ml 48622

    Shari Buccilli, Farwell Area Schools President

     


    SUPERINTENDENT JOB POSTING

    Click the link below to view the job posting

    http://masa.mistaff.com/job/12367

     

     

    SUPERINTENDENT CANDIDATE PROFILE
     

    • A strong but fair decision maker who can manage difficult issues and do what is right for our school district.
    • Someone who clearly demonstrates their commitment through their visibility and engagement in both the community and school district.
    • Someone with outstanding communication skills who is effective with all stakeholders in the district and community.
    • Someone with knowledge and skill in budget, finance, and operations who can creatively solve problems and prioritize.
    • A respected team builder who will grow and maintain a positive culture throughout all levels of the school district.
    • A goal-driven visionary leader with a growth mindset for our school district.
    • Someone with track record of success in education who has a balance of experience in leadership, finance, and curriculum.
    • An approachable person of integrity, fairness, and high standards who will serve as a role model for everyone in the school district and community.
    • Someone who genuinely cares about students and puts their needs first.
    • Someone who is warm and inviting with outstanding interpersonal skills that will also be able to mediate conflict.
    • Someone who will positively promote and market our district so that we retain students and staff.
    • Someone who understands and is comfortable with life in an economically challenged rural area.
    • Someone who is politically active and savvy that understands the changing landscape of state and federal regulations and mandates.
    • An instructional leader who will ensure academic accountability and take ownership for improving student achievement.
    • An innovative change agent who adapts and follows through.
    • Someone with a minimum of a Master’s Degree in an education related field.

    The Board will offer a comprehensive, multi-year contract commensurate with the experience of the successful candidate.

     


    PRESS RELEASE:

     

    September 28, 2017

    Farwell Board Posts Superintendent Vacancy, Announces Search Schedule, and Releases Candidate Profile

    The Farwell Area Schools Board has taken the next steps in the search for a new superintendent.  The position was posted, and the candidate profile was released Friday.  Also, the search calendar has been finalized. The position posting, search calendar, and candidate profile can all be found on the district web site at www.farwellschools.net

    The posting will remain open until October 27th and the Board will meet on November 1st to decide who to invite to interview.  First round interviews are scheduled for Tuesday, November 7th and Wednesday November 8th.  Second round interviews are set for November 13th and 14th.  All interviews will be held in the Farwell High School Media Center and the exact schedule for the first round, including the names of the candidates and the times they will be interviewing, will be announced on November 2nd.

     


     

    July 15, 2017

    Farwell Board begins search to replace superintendent

    The Farwell Area Schools Board of Education has officially begun their search for a new superintendent. A special board meeting was held Friday night to plan the search with consultant Gary Rider. Rider is the Regional President of the Michigan Leadership Institute and was selected by the Board to lead the search effort.

    During the meeting, Rider explained the process to be followed and helped the Board develop a tentative timeline for the search to replace departing Superintendent Carl Seiter. Rider and the board also discussed the importance of feedback from parents, students, staff, and the community. "Mr. Rider will be facilitating focus group meetings and a community forum in mid-September to gather data for the Board, and a survey will be posted on the district web site.  All this data will be compiled and given to the Board to consider when developing a profile for the ideal candidate," said Board President Shari Buccilli.

    A tentative calendar was developed at the meeting and is in the process of being finalized.  The position is scheduled to be posted in late September after the Board completes the process of developing a candidate profile with the hope that a new Superintendent could be in place by January of 2018.

    Rider expects a good pool of qualified candidates to apply for the position. "I anticipate the district will attract applicants both close to Farwell and from outside the area," said Rider.


     

    Contact:  Gary Rider, Regional President, Michigan Leadership Institute, 616-901-3738 or gridermli@gmail.com