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July 2, 2014

New role for TCAPS' Sander Scott

TRAVERSE CITY — Sander Scott's administrative role in Traverse City Area Public Schools is shifting.

He's been named associate superintendent and will take on new responsibilities while continuing to fulfill the duties of his past role as chief of schools, though that title will be eliminated.

Scott will take on oversight and development of curriculum, student assessment, professional development and academic programming and will continue to oversee the instructional operations of schools and supervise principals.

"What I'll continue to do is really both of those jobs," Scott said. "The day-to-day work of chief of schools did not disappear."

Scott accepted the chief of schools position when it was created in March 2013. He served as Westwoods Elementary School's principal for six years before the promotion and was Interlochen Elementary School's principal before then.

Scott also worked as a middle school principal in Kingsley and helped run two family businesses.

"I think I bring the same thing I brought to the chief of schools position, and that is a combination of business acumen and academic prowess," Scott said.

Interim Superintendent Paul Soma praised Scott's leadership in TCAPS.

"His knowledge base and understanding of schools and curriculum is second to none," Soma said. "His commitment to and application of continuous improvement models and applying that to student learning, I think he's on the cutting edge in those efforts."

Scott will make an annual salary of $115,439, a raise from his $106,000 salary as chief of schools.

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