Superintendent Fred Clarke Offers Official Resignation
The letter is expected to be accepted during a special Rochester Board of Education meeting Monday night.
Fred Clarke, the Rochester Community Schools superintendent who announced this summer his intention to look for a job elsewhere, has submitted his letter of resignation.
Clarke's resignation is expected to be official at a special Board of Education meeting Monday night.
"As some members of the community know, I decided in the past few months to pursue employment opportunities outside the district," Clarke wrote in a memo to the board.
"I appreciate the board's willingness to work with me over the past several months while I have explored my options. However, in fairness to the district needing certainty about its future leadership, I am submitting my letter of resignation effective September 17.
"I will continue to work with the district as a new interim team transitions into place."
The board meeting Monday will also include a contract agreement between the school district and Tresa Zumsteg, who has been offered the interim superintendent position.
Clarke announced his intention to pursue another job in an email message to Rochester parents in July, citing his desire to work with under-achieving students.
Zumsteg retired as deputy superintendent of the Oakland Intermediate School District in 2010. She was there for three years, and before that was superintendent, deputy superintendent and interim superintendent for the Berkley School District from 1993-2007.
From 1978 to 1993 she worked in Rochester schools, as a special education teacher, as assistant principal of Reuther Middle School, as principal of West Middle School and as the principal who opened Hart Middle School.
Monday's special meeting is at 7 p.m. in the Harrison Room of the School Administration Building; it is open to the public.
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