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Gower School District Begins Search for New Superintendent

Current Superintendent Steve Griesbach will retire next June.

Although he has more than a year left on his contract, Superintendent Steve Griesbach is urging the Board of Education to begin the search to find his successor.

“Within our general area there are at least two other superintendents in neighboring districts that will be retiring at the same time,” Griesbach said Tuesday.

He recommended the board set a date this spring to interview search firms so the process can “begin in earnest.” If a firm is selected this spring, surveys of the staff and community can begin first thing in the fall, possibly allowing the board to make its appointment early.

“Not because I want to become a lame duck superintendent, but really because I want you to have the best candidates available to you,” he said.

Griesbach, 54, retires when his contract ends on June 30, 2013. He has been with the district 10 years, the last seven as superintendent.

Board members agreed they wanted to get started on the search process now.
“I’m all for sooner rather than waiting until later,” board member Sebha Khan said.

A meeting will be held at 7 p.m. April 30 to hear proposals from potential search firms.

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