Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Somehow I Missed Some Dexter and Chelsea News...

While I wasn't looking, Dexter's superintendent, Mary Marshall, left town for a Superintendent position in Pentwater, Michigan.

According to a December 20, 2012 article in the Dexter Patch:

Marshall, who will leave the district after 19 years for a job in Pentwater, Mich., served as a high school teacher, assistant principal at Dexter High School, sixth grade teacher, Creekside Intermediate principal, assistant superintendent, and superintendent at Dexter Schools.

The interim superintendent, Dennis Desmarais, was the former superintendent of the Riverview Community School District. According to a January 18, 2013 article in the Dexter Patch:

Desmarais brings 38 years of experience to his role as interim superintendent. In his time as an educator he has been a teacher, track coach, cross country coach, head football coach, high school assistant principal, athletic director, assistant superintendent, and superintendent. He retired as superintendent from Riverview Community Schoois in 2011.
From the article, it sounds like he has a six month contract.

Which raises an interesting question about the Ypsilanti/Willow Run Superintendent Search: Why didn't they look, explicitly, for an interim Superintendent, someone with the potential to be a change artist?

In other news: Lisa Allmendinger has been running Chelsea Update (, a news site. I guess she is now launching Dexter Update ( as well. Looking at Dexter Update, I found that four Dexter schools buildings as well as the transportation facility still do not have power this evening. Kids, you might have another snow day. Looking at Chelsea Update, I found that they are covering the Chelsea school board meetings (and I think Dexter school board meetings as well). That's a good thing!

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