Photos Provided - (Clockwise from top left) Centreville Public Schools Interim Superintendent Chad Brady, Nottawa Community School District Superintendent Jerome Wolff, Goshen (Ind.) Community Schools Assistant Superintendent Barry Younghans, and Plainwell High School Principal Jeremy Wright were named as candidates Wednesday for the Centreville superintendent of schools position.

Four to interview for Centreville superintendent position

CENTREVILLE — Centreville Public Schools are moving forward with their superintendent search, and are now ready to interview candidates.

During their meeting Monday, the CPS Board of Education selected four candidates, two of them familiar with the district, that they will interview for their superintendent opening. Over 20 candidates applied for the position.

The four candidates, revealed on Wednesday, are current interim superintendent Chad Brady, Nottawa Community School District Superintendent Jerome Wolff, Plainwell High School Principal Jeremy Wright, and Goshen (Ind.) Community Schools Assistant Superintendent Barry Younghans.

The first round of interviews will occur Wednesday, April 20 beginning at 4 p.m. at Centreville Junior/Senior High School. A second round of interviews with finalist candidates will take place Saturday, April 30 beginning at 9 a.m. at the school. The first round of interviews will be held in-person only and won’t be livestreamed, while the second round will also be held in-person with a possible livestream option.

In addition, the board approved which questions they will be asking candidates, picking 12 of them from numerous categories presented to them by Pat Kreger, their consultant from the Michigan Association of School Boards in the candidate search.

Board President Jeff Troyer said in an interview following the meeting he is looking forward to interviewing the prospective candidates.

“I’m looking forward to the board selecting a long-term superintendent that we can have for many years,” Troyer said. “The ones we’ve selected for the interviews, I think we’ve got a good pool. We’ve definitely got the majority of the board members up here, in most cases three quarters of them, that were in favor of those four candidates.”

Brady, who was selected in late January to be the interim superintendent, has been the Centreville Jr./Sr. High School principal for the last four years. He was previously an assistant principal at Loy Norrix High School for two years, and a teacher at Kalamazoo Central High School for 10 years. He holds a Bachelors in Political Science and United States History from Western Michigan University, and a Masters in Educational Leadership and Administration from Purdue University.

Wolff has been the superintendent and principal of the Nottawa Community School District since 2017. He was previously a kindergarten teacher and fourth grade math teacher at Centreville Elementary School for four years, and a teacher and principal at St. John’s Lutheran School in Sturgis from 2004 to 2013. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a Master’s Degree in education from Martin Luther College in Minnesota.

Wright has been the principal of Plainwell High School since 2010. Prior to his hiring in Plainwell, he was a French teacher and computer repair teacher in Sebastian, Fla., as well as an assistant principal and district reading specialist. He is a graduate of Adrian College, where he got a degree in French and communications, and received his Master’s Degree in Educational Technology and a Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from Florida Atlantic University.

Younghans has been the assistant superintendent in Goshen since Jan. 1, according to the Goshen News. He had previously been the Goshen High School principal since 2012, and has been with the district since 1997. He is a graduate of Valparaiso University with an Educational Specialist degree and a Ph.D. in educational leadership from Indiana State University.

Kreger said the process for the first round of interviews will begin with an introductory statement from each candidate, followed by the 12 questions selected by the board members, and then a closing statement from each candidate. Candidates may also choose to ask questions of the board as well.

Troyer said because the same questions will be asked of each candidate during the first round of interviews, as well as the length of time the interviews are scheduled to take place and the possibility candidates might view a live stream to know what questions will be asked ahead of time, the first round of interviews will not be live-streamed.

For the second round of interviews on the 30th, Troyer said the public will have a chance to ask questions of the finalists by submitting questions to the board during each interview to be added onto the end. He said having that kind of public participation in the process is “significant.”

“Anytime they’re able to provide feedback on the candidates, that’s reviewed by the board and taken into consideration,” Troyer said. “Everybody perceives something or may see something a little bit different out of a candidate, which is why we ask for questions in the second round from the public. If they see something we didn’t, they can pick out different things than what we can.”

Whoever is chosen to be the new superintendent will begin July 1.

Robert Tomlinson can be reached at 279-7488 ext. 22 or robert@threeriversnews.com.

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