SOUTH HAVEN — A former South Haven Public Schools teacher who now serves as Watervliet Public Schools’ superintendent is among four candidates South Haven Board of Education members plan to interview in November.
Kevin Schooley, Watervliet school chief since 2010, will be interviewed along with Raymond Lechner, superintendent of Wilmette Elementary District 39 in Wilmette, Ill.; Nathan Robrahn, principal of Wyoming High School (near Grand Rapids); and Jonathan Whan, superintendent of Grant Public Schools in Newaygo County.
Twenty-one educators applied for the job, said Dave Killips, regional president of the Michigan Leadership Institute, the organization that is helping to facilitate the search process.
The school board whittled down the list of applicants during a Wednesday workshop.
“We were pleased with the number of applicants who demonstrated interest in South Haven,” board President Laura Bos said. “The board understands the importance of this decision and the impact the new superintendent will have on our children, schools and community.”
The job came open in July when Superintendent Robert Herrera resigned to become CEO of Benton Harbor Area Schools.
School board members plan to interview the candidates Nov. 5 and 6. The schedule follows:
Monday, Nov. 5: Lechner, 6 p.m.; Robrahn, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 6: Schooley, 6 p.m.; Whan, 7:30 p.m.
The interviews will be conducted in open meetings at the Integrated Learning Center at South Haven High School, 600 Elkenburg St.
“We look forward to finding out more about the candidates’ leadership abilities and what each candidate has to offer our community,” Bos said. “The board has appreciated the input from the public and encourages people to attend the interviews. It is our hope to have a person in place near the beginning of January.”