With the Superintendent of Harbor Springs Schools Michael Behrmann announcing his retirement at the end of the year, the district is on the hunt to find his replacement.
When Michael Behrmann, how has served in the position for the last four years, announced his retirement last week, many were saddened by the news.
It was bittersweet decision for Behrmann.
“The last couple of years, especially the last year, has taken somewhat of a toll on all educators and for me it was just time,” said Behrmann. “I’m looking forward to retirement and being a part of this community.”
The school board has started looking for someone to fill the position, starting from within.
“Because there’s such a shortage in the state of Michigan right now with superintendents, we would see if we have anybody internally that are qualified,” said Tim Davis, President of the Harbor Springs School Board. “I think we have a few that might try to apply for the position.”
The board is looking for someone who can continue Behrmann’s hard work, making himself known within the community.
“Michael has set the bar very high so he has done a great job of just being in the community, explaining everything with transparency and just being a real champion for our kids,” said Davis.
Behrmann said working with the district has been amazing and the new superintendent will be coming to a great place.
“It’s a great board of education to work for and our staff is second to none,” said Behrmann. “Great kids, great support from our parents and families, so someone who is going to come in and really embrace that.”
If the school board is unable to find a suitable candidate within the district, they’ll work with the Michigan Association of School Boards to find a replacement.