Terpenning and Kalmar to interview at Sandusky


TRI-CITY AREA — Two superintendents in the TCT coverage area are among five finalists for the superintendent job in a Sanilac County school district.

Following action taken by the Sandusky school board at a recent meeting last month, Capac Superintendent Jeff Terpenning, and former Almont Superintendent Bill Kalmar are among those who have been invited back for interviews with school board members from Sandusky.

Kalmar had been Superintendent in the Almont district for several years until recently when he was demoted by the school board as the district’s top administrator.

The action came earlier this year, when the board removed him as Superintendent and made him the interim Dean of Students at the middle school.

Terpenning has been leading the Capac school district for the past six years, after working in southern Michigan. He was born and raised in the Thumb area and has applied for several superintendent jobs in the Upper Thumb over the past several years.

The two men were among 16 people who applied for the Sandusky position.

A representative from the Michigan Association of School Boards assisted the Sandusky school board in narrowing the list down to five candidates.

According to minutes from the school board meeting on June 19, interviews will be held on July 17 and 18 with both Terpenning (8 p.m.) and Kalmar (6 p.m.) having their interviews on the 17th. The interviews are open to the public.

The minutes listed the other three remaining candidates as Kingston high school principal Mike Seaman, Kurt Dennis, a high school principal at Bad Axe and Steve Wilson who currently is the superintendent for the Bronson school district.

According to the school’s website, a survey was taken to help determine the next superintendent.

The website told school district residents, “The Sandusky Community School Board of Education has begun the search process to find a new superintendent. Assisting the Board is the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB), a service organization that supports the work of school boards throughout Michigan.”

It went on to say, “As the profile of the ideal candidate is developed, the board is soliciting community and staff input. Residents of the district, all staff and administration are encouraged to participate in the process.”

The successful candidate will replace former Superintendent Paul Flynn who left the district and has been hired to take over the same role in Coldwater.