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Top six candidates named in HAS superintendent search

Written by Amy Mayhew   
Wednesday, February 06 2013

Kent Barnes announced his impe...

HOLLY, Michigan – With Superintendent Kent Barnes set to retire a little more than four months from now, members of the Holly Area Schools Board of Education have narrowed their search to six candidates during a special meeting held on Feb. 5.

Last October, board members voted to hire the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB) to coordinate a superintendent search for the district. The board chose MASB based on its rigid timeline, its inclusion of out-of-state candidates in the search.

During Tuesday’s meeting, board members selected the top six candidates from a field of 27.

Among them are Dr. Michael Jacob Osborne, the current principal for Hudson High School and Middle School in the Hudson Area School District, Anthony J. Habra, the current superintendent/facilities operations and transportation director for Rudyard Area Schools, Cindy Weber, superintendent for Durand Area Schools, Robert Behnke, assistant superintendent for instructional services for Northville Public Schools, Holly’s former HHS Principal and current Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction, David Nuss, and Susan Wooden, a professor of English for Alpena Community College and US Air Force Combat Readiness Center and former superintendent for the East Jordan Public School district.

At 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 19, board members will interview Habra, Wooden and Nuss, while Weber, Behnke and Osborne will be interviewed at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20 in the Board Room at the Karl Richter Campus, 920 Baird St., Holly.

Following the first round of interviews, the top three candidates will be invited to participate in a second interview at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20 in the Board Room at the Karl Richter Campus. Residents of the district, all staff and administration are encouraged to attend the interviews.


#1 Sophia 2013-02-06 19:09
need some one outside of our district and the general area
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#2 Victoria Fiero 2013-02-06 19:58
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#3 lala 2013-02-07 10:04
I agree. Someone from the outside please.............
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#4 Lee 2013-02-07 16:21
Why someone from the outside?? Mr Barnes has an excellent team of administrators and surely one of them, if qualified, would be better able to serve the school district and area he is familiar with, seems to me. Mr Nuss fits that criteria; many of the others do not seem to be as experienced nor qualified...Just MY opinion
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#5 hollyshopper 2013-02-08 17:56
Seems to me Mr. Barnes was from the outside, and he improved the district quite a bit. Sometimes fresh eyes and new ideas are needed.
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#6 Phil 2013-02-09 10:14
Seems better qualified. Really? There's current and former district superintendents on the interview list, as well as two other assistant superintendents, like Nuss. Nuss may be familiar with the area, but that doesn't make him more experienced or qualified...Just MY opinion.
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#7 holly2003 2013-02-10 15:32
Nuss,,,, i woild have to say i wouldnt want to far of a outsider coming in to run the schools we are doing good with what we have so why make to big of a change.
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#8 neighbor 2013-02-21 15:48
Since I was unable to make it last night, I am looking foward to hearing how things went. Curious to know if any of the other candidates withdrew prior to this week as well,
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