Glen Lake, superintendent separating


MAPLE CITY — Glen Lake Community Schools will soon be in need of a new superintendent.

The district's board of education is holding a special meeting at 7 a.m. Friday to consider two matters — entering into a contract with the Michigan Leadership Institute to conduct an interim superintendent search and approving a separation agreement with Sander Scott, the current superintendent.

Scott was hired to the position in 2016 after serving as the chief of schools and associate superintendent at Traverse City Area Public Schools. He served in various roles at TCAPS since 2004. He was one of 50 applicants for the job after Joan Groening resigned in August 2015

Scott had a rocky relationship with the Glen Lake Federation of Teachers over a contract dispute this past year. In December, he spoke to what he referred to as “a school on the edge,” saying that many in the district felt stressed and undervalued. He pointed to his own leadership issues as having contributed to that state.

GLCS teachers worked without a contract for four months, and negotiations went on for nearly a year before a three-year deal was reached late last year. GLFT President Jennifer Gretzmacher said the contract took a backseat to what the teachers consider a poor work environment with many staff members being disciplined harsher than what is called for.

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