Rathburn remains Mendon superintendent

The return of an admired former administrator to Mendon Community Schools was, by all appearances, a reunion the district and community were more than ready to embrace.
And, for about 24 hours, the idea of Chuck Frisbie coming back to help lead the 580-student district looked like it was going to happen.
Interim superintendent Roger Rathburn will stay on board at least through the end of the current school year, but Frisbie late Tuesday found a snag keeping him from following through on the plan Mendon’s board of education approved Monday.
Frisbie said he did some checking with the state and its education-licensing department. The 55-year-old Frisbie said the credentials he would need to fill the position are expired.
Frisbie spent 21 years with Mendon Community Schools before serving as superintendent of Constantine Community Schools from 2008 through 2016. He retired in June.
A Colon native, Frisbie said his degree is in athletic administration but he lacks the required degree in education leadership.
Board president Regina Schinker said the idea of bringing Frisbie aboard centered on giving Rathburn a chance to catch his breath.
She said the 54-year-old Rathburn – who took the post after an 18-year career with Three Rivers Community Schools – has been a workhorse from the day he took over at the start of the 2015-16 academic year.
The plan board members approved Monday called for Rathburn and Frsibie to work 86 days each, with compensation of $425 a day with no benefits. The contract would have covered a three-year period.

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