That smooth transition didn't happen in Dexter, where superintendent Mary Marshall resigned last October. Though Marshall had been with the district twenty years, rising from sixth-grade teacher to middle school principal to superintendent, she'd only had the top job since February 2011-and the school year had barely begun.
Larry Cobler, then and now Dexter's school board president, says Marshall "did a very good job. She had a good following of people, and, though she had some who disagreed with her, they were in the minority." Those who disagreed with her would likely include two former Dexter athletic directors, Scott Lucas, who was fired by Marshall in 2011, and Brett Steele, who resigned in 2012 because, Marshall said, he didn't "share the same vision and philosophy as the higher administration does."
Asked Marshall's strengths, Cobler cites her "love of kids." Asked her weaknesses, his list is longer. "Some people felt she micromanaged. One of the reasons we want a sitting superintendent for our next superintendent is that if you've never been a superintendent, it's hard to make the transition from the classroom or building administration to superintendent, and she was just getting to that point when she left."