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, 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 in west Michigan and has also applied for a superintendent position with . 

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

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

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

Paul DeAngelis is still deputy superintendent for educational services for Birmingham Public Schools. He received his doctorate degree from Oakland University. 

Thomas Harwood

At the time that he interviewed for the Rochester position, Thomas Harwood was assistant superintendent for human resources for Grosse Pointe Schools. Since then,


Karl Paulson

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.

dk July 27, 2012 at 10:53 AM
Couldn't believe the Board hired him in the first place. He was never a match for the job. Clarke just gets to say oops and move along for higher pay while the yahoos in Lansing and their charter school supporters demonize and take money away from the teachers.
Joshua Raymond July 27, 2012 at 11:26 AM
Each time I've met Mr. Harwood, I've become more impressed with him. He has quiet, but effective, leadership skills, is very knowledgeable about education and his school district in particular, and has a great love for the Rochester area, having his home here for many years.
Colleen July 27, 2012 at 12:32 PM
I agree with the "oops" part, but I highly doubt that Grant Public Schools in Newaygo county is a move up on salary for Clarke. I have a feeling there is more to this decision than we are privy to from his side and the board's perspective. A very costly mistake, to be sure. He needs to resign or be forced to resign, even if it means that Rochester uses an interim superintendent until a new one is hired.
so sad July 27, 2012 at 12:54 PM
It is amazing to me that Rochester looks outside of it's ranks for leadership. The district is a leader in so many areas state wide. We have a culture that supports excellence. Why look elsewhere?
Joshua Raymond July 27, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Going outside the district allows us to bring in fresh great ideas while retaining the excellent ideas we have in place.
Joshua Raymond July 27, 2012 at 01:38 PM
I would suggest a different search firm this time. During the input session with the community, it was clear that the search firm had its own ideas on what made a good superintendent and those were more to the firm than community input. Also, the very narrow geographic selection of candidates presented last time was disappointing. Will out-of-state candidates not consider RCS or were none sought out?
Nancy Boughner July 27, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Geraldine Moore should be offered the job. She is qualified and really cares about the school system and the Rochester/Rochester Hills area.
Sonia Milton July 27, 2012 at 06:39 PM
So you're saying our teachers and staff have no original ideas?!! Do we hire only followers? There's no incentive to accomplish more? Being in Rochester Schools is pretty much a dead end job? How sad....
Joshua Raymond July 27, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Sonia, please do not intentionally distort my comments. We are addressing the superintendent position and it is common practice for organizations to hire from outside to have the benefit of new knowledge and ideas along with ideas that already exist internally.
Sonia Milton July 28, 2012 at 12:07 PM
Joshua, I believe you should ask the people who are there in the trenches with the everyday operations of our school system how they feel. Let them speak anonymously so they won't have to worry about repercussions.
Joshua Raymond July 28, 2012 at 12:16 PM
Sonia, to what exactly are you referring to? How they feel about going outside the district for a superintendent? How they feel about administration? I'm not catching your drift.


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