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Vision Statement
Houghton Lake Community Schools will be a destination district recognized for its quality programming and performance.

Mission Statement
All students in the Houghton Lake Community Schools will show annual academic progress leading to readiness for career, college and community.

The Houghton Lake Community Schools Board of Education is seeking a superintendent to begin work July 1, 2018.  The Board is being assisted in the search by Dr. Rodney Green, Consultant for Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB).  This posting is now open to all candidates.

Houghton Lake is located in the middle of Michigan's lower peninsula and surrounds Michigan's largest inland lake.  The district covers 550 square miles and is comprised of 12 townships. Residents and visitors greatly enjoy all forms of four season outdoor recreational and sporting activities.

The district serves approximately 1300 students, pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade, as well as an alternative education program, in four school buildings.  Houghton Lake has a caring and committed staff.  Student success, social development and academic achievement are primary goals of all staff.

A source of pride is that Houghton Lake Community Schools has been recently recognized for two prestigious academic awards.  The Mackinac Center report card gave Collins Elementary and Houghton Lake Middle School a Context and Performance score of A.  In addition, Houghton Lake High School was awarded a Silver medal by U.S. News and World Report as one of the best high schools in the nation. Currently, HLCS is a Blueprint District through Mi Excel.

The Board is seeking a superintendent who is a strong leader with excellent financial skills and a solid background in curriculum and technology.  The superintendent should be an effective communicator with staff and community, actively work with the Board and community to set and reach goals, and be a creative problem solver.  This educational leader should be ethical, honest and friendly.

Board of Education

Thomas Dean, President
Julie Brown, Vice President
Renee Nichols, Secretary
Kelly Christian, Treasurer
Charlene Baker, Trustee
Nan Combs, Trustee
Mark Souder, Trustee


Salary and Contract Information

The district will offer a competitive wage and benefit package (salary range $105,000 to $115,000) that reflects the experience and education of the candidate chosen as the next superintendent.


Application Procedure

Interested candidates should complete and submit an online application found at http://www.masb.org/education-careers.aspx

Completed online applications must be submitted no later than 4:00 pm on January 26, 2018. No “hard copy,” fax or emailed copies accepted. IF requested by the candidate, materials will be treated confidentially through the screening process. Candidate names will become public at the time an interview is scheduled.

Questions and further information concerning the Superintendent Search Process is available from Dr. Rodney Green, Search Consultant, Michigan Association of School Boards: rodgreen11@gmail.com, 810-852-1189.

Search Timeline



Application Deadline


Application Review by Board


First Round Interviews


Second Round Interviews/Opportunity for Board Selection of Superintendent


Board Visitation (if necessary)


Second Opportunity for Board Selection of Superintendent


Start date



Houghton Lake Community Schools Superintendent Selection Criteria


The Houghton Lake Community School District is seeking a strong, collaborative leader to work with the board, staff, and community to create a successful educational experience for all students. The Board of Education has identified the following criteria for selecting its next superintendent:




  • Possesses a strong background in PreK-12 education, administration, and instruction
  • Proven experience with finance and effective budget management
  • Record of success in past positions including improving achievement for all students
  • Uses data driven strategies in decision-making processes and curriculum development
  • Values professional development and will identify and develop leadership opportunities
  • Demonstrates collaborative leadership style
  • Engages and responds to community
  • Able to provide instructional leadership for students with different abilities
  • Advocates for public education at the local, county, and state levels




  • Thinks strategically and innovatively with the ability to inspire others toward the shared district vision
  • Can identify and prioritize both short-term and long-term goals
  • Identifies emerging trends, anticipates their impact, and develops strategies to address them
  • Progressive with technology and able to integrate as appropriate into the learning process and operational systems




  • Is honest, ethical, and transparent
  • Is able to build trust in the school district and community
  • Is an effective communicator and empathetic listener
  • Is visible, approachable, and accessible to staff, students and community
  • Treats others with empathy and respect and uses common sense
  • Displays strong leadership skills that can build support with staff and community
  • Will become part of the community and lead by example




  • Effectively oversees budget and manages finances
  • Is a collaborative decision-maker and follows through
  • Explains district decisions and provides feedback to stakeholders
  • Respects, values, recognizes, and supports all staff members
  • Ensures the excellent management of operations and facilities
  • Effectively collaborates with staff, including labor relations and negotiations
  • Able to lead and manage a construction process if needed
  • Develops and empowers the leadership team and school improvement teams of the district 


Houghton Lake Community Schools
Superintendent Search Time Line


December 11, 2017

Stakeholder Input

Bus Drivers 2:00 p.m.
Teachers and teacher assistants 3:30 p.m.
Administrators - 4:15 p.m.
Community and Board 5:00 p.m.

December 11, 2017
5:00 p.m.

Board Workshop: Candidate Profile

Review search process and timeline
Salary range
Review stakeholder input
Develop final selection criteria

January 26, 2018

Application Deadline at 4:00 p.m.

February 12, 2018
5:00 p.m.

Board Workshop:  Interview Prep

Screening of application
Selection of interview questions
Interview preparation
Development of Superintendent Contract

February 19, 2018

Initial Interviews - 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Select finalists after candidate interviews
February 20, 2018

Initial Interviews – Back up Date if Feb 19 canceled

February 26, 2018

Final Interviews – 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Selection of preferred candidate after interviews
February 27, 2018

Final Interviews – Back up Date if Feb 26 canceled

March 2018

Contract Approval

July 1, 2018

New Superintendent Begins


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