Where Are They Now? An Update on Last Year's Superintendent Candidates
With Fred Clarke searching for a new job, Rochester may need to look for a new leader soon.
In the spring of 2011, Rochester Board of Education members, along with teachers and other school staff and members of the community, interviewed six candidates for the leadership role that was being left by retiring Superintendent David Pruneau.
Of those six candidates, the Board chose Fred Clarke, who has indicated this week that he is searching for a new job.
Clarke has not resigned. He is a finalist for a superintendent position with Grant Public Schools in west Michigan and has also applied for a superintendent position with Duval Public Schools in Florida.
He has said his "true passion lies in working to close the achievement gap in districts that are challenged in ways that Rochester is not.”
With the possibility looming that Rochester may be searching for a new leader, here's an update on where the other five candidates are now, one year later:
Geraldine Moore is still assistant superintendent for instruction for Rochester Community Schools. She has held that position since 2006. In that role, she is the direct supervisor of all principals and assistant principals in the school district and is the acting superintendent in the superintendent's absence.
Rochester has two assistant superintendents.
Moore was one of three finalists interviewed by board members last year.
Gary Richards is still superintendent of Imlay City Schools, where he worked previously as a principal and assitant principal.
Richards was one of three finalists interviewed by board members last year.
Paul DeAngelis is still deputy superintendent for educational services for Birmingham Public Schools. He received his doctorate degree from Oakland University.
At the time that he interviewed for the Rochester position, Thomas Harwood was assistant superintendent for human resources for Grosse Pointe Schools. Since then, he has been named superintendent of that school district.
Karl Paulson is still superintendent of Lakeview Schools in St. Clair Shores. He is a Lake Orion resident and earned a degree from Oakland University.