"I don't agree [with those criticisms]," says Marshall in a phone interview from her new job. While being superintendent in Dexter is "a very challenging job," she says, she left because "my husband and I always dreamed we'd live on this side of the state. We fell in love with Pentwater." Being superintendent there should also be a lot less demanding: while Dexter has 3,523 pupils, Pentwater has just 283.
Beyond someone with previous experience, Cobler says, the board sought a superintendent who understands that the district has "a very collaborative relationship with the teachers' union, and they have to be comfortable with that. We've never had confrontations with our union. And we need someone who can make a decision."
When first interviewed in late April, Cobler said the search was "going slower than we hoped. We had a pool of thirty to thirty-five candidates, and out of that there were three we thought were potential candidates, but none we wanted to go forward with."
As the Observer went to press in late May, though, things were looking up. After reviewing a new crop of candidates, the board was zeroing in on Adrian superintendent Chris Timmis. "We will have a public interview on June 4th and a visit to Adrian the following week," wrote Cobler in an email. "I expect that the board will make a decision shortly after the site visit."