Choosing candidates for superintendent

Members of the Colon Community Schools Board of Education have agreed to whittle a list of 19 superintendent candidates to eight or nine finalists by next week.

Board president Ernie Baker during Monday’s monthly board meeting suggested the measure as a way of working with a manageable number of candidates to succeed Lloyd Kirby, who retired in August.

The board set the base salary to between $95,000 and $105,000. Benefits, incentives and other perks, meanwhile, could push the full package into a neighborhood of $150,000.

Interim superintendent Jay Newman, who agreed Monday to stay on board through the hiring process, said the district was fortunate to receive a number of strong candidates.

Newman said four of the candidates are superintendents currently, none of the candidates work in St. Joseph County and three are from out of state.

Next Monday’s meeting takes place at 6 p.m. at Colon High School’s media center.

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