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Finding a 'right fit' for the job

March 15, 2011 - Linda Lobeck
I was surprised when I found out that 12 people had applied for the position of superintendent of schools at Iron Mountain. I really thought that it would be hard to get many applicants in light of the challenges ahead for area schools with funding and decreasing enrollments.

I can’t imagine it’s very much fun to have to make cuts continually and still try to provide the same level of service. I know it’s hard to cut back on my own budget in light of the increases we’ve personally had this year with heating, electricity, food prices, and gas prices.

I don’t envy someone in charge of a school district today. Gone are the days when the district had a healthy cushion in their fund equities and building improvement funds.

But as one board member put it, it’s a compliment to the local district when you have that much interest in a position. That’s especially true with so many openings for superintendents this year at other schools in the state as well as in the U.P.

And even with that number to choose from, the Iron Mountain board is looking for someone specifically that will fit in well with the school district and the culture of the area. In other words, even the most qualified person may not be a fit for Iron Mountain. It takes a special individual to hold that top position and keep a school district moving forward.

Selfishly, I’d like to provide my input to the school board members to find someone who works well with the media, specifically me. I can honestly say that I have enjoyed working with the superintendents at both Iron Mountain and Breitung Township as well as the city managers in Iron Mountain and Kingsford.

Important qualities that I look for in an administrator is someone you can call when something is going on in their district, good or bad, and you can trust what they tell you as the truth. I have that relationship with IM Supt. Scott McClure and BT Supt. Craig Allen and the superintendents that preceded them. In addition, other administrators and staff members (especially Carrie and Naida) are always helpful and it’s an enjoyable relationship to work with them.

It know it won’t be an easy job for the school board members to find someone to fill Scott’s shoes. But hopefully they will be able to find someone that will continue to be a great advocate for Iron Mountain students and staff.


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