The Kingsley Area Schools Board of Education unanimously approved a resolution to begin contract negotiations with Mr. Joshua Rothwell to serve as the district’s Superintendent of Schools. Mr. Rothwell is currently the Superintendent of Schools for Forest Area Schools.
There were twenty-five applicants for the position. A first round of interviews was conducted with four candidates on August 14 and August 15, 2023. Two final candidates were brought back to the district for afternoon tours and open houses followed by final interviews on August 25, 2023.
Written feedback was collected from the public who attended the open house sessions. Written feedback was also collected from the public after each candidate’s interview. The feedback from both the open house sessions as well as both interviews was reviewed by school board members prior to their deliberations.
While the board affirmed the strengths of both the final candidates, it was a motion to enter contract negotiations with Mr. Rothwell that received unanimous support from the board.
The board hopes to come to a contract agreement with Mr. Rothwell quickly. When the board meets to approve a contract with Mr. Rothwell, his hiring as the next Superintendent of Schools for Kingsley Area Schools will be official.
A start date for Mr. Rothwell to begin his new position will be a part of the contract negotiations. Jason Stowe will serve as Interim Superintendent through October 9.
The Michigan Association of School Boards assisted the Kingsley Area School District with its superintendent search process.