A special meeting of the Newaygo Public Schools Board of Education was held on April 27 to interview the most recent candidate for the Superintendent position which will be vacant on June 1, 2021 when current Superintendent Peg Mathis retires.
After interviewing Mr. Jeff Wright, and deliberating, the Board voted unanimously to approve a one-year contract with Mr. Wright. The Board has appointed a committee to negotiate the terms of this agreement and are confident in the selection and his commitment to Newaygo Public Schools.
The search process was complicated by the limits and challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. This interfered with traditional interviewing processes and posed unprecedented challenges for the Board as well as their applicants. We are fortunate that Mr. Wright is willing to postpone planned retirement to serve in Newaygo for at least the next year, allowing the Board to consider options post-pandemic.
Vince Grodus, Board President, stated, “I want to thank our Board and community for their diligence and perseverance in finding us the perfect candidate! We are pleased to welcome Mr. Wright as our next Superintendent of Newaygo Public Schools. He will officially begin his duties not later than June 1. The Board looks forward to his leadership in our pursuit of excellence. We can now focus on having another outstanding school year in the Newaygo Public Schools.”
Mr Wright was selected by the Board from an applicant pool of over twenty educators. He has been a teacher in Michigan as well as an elementary and high school principal at Greenville Public Schools and most recently the Superintendent of the Pewamo-Westphalia Community Schools.