2006-07-15 / Top News

School Board Hires Roger Schrock as Superintendent

By Leslie Rott

After weeks of searching, interviewing, and deliberating, the Mackinac Island Board of Education hired Dr. Roger Schrock as superintendent of Mackinac Island Public School at their meeting Tuesday, July 11. The vote was unanimous among the seven-member board following a report from board secretary Trish Martin that additional reference checks since the board's last meeting Sunday, July 2, were favorable.

Comments from two teachers who had previously worked with Dr. Schrock included that he puts students first, was the best principal the person had ever worked with, values different teaching styles, got along well with children, and was supportive of teachers and other staff members, Ms. Martin told the board.

Paul Wandrie, the board vice president, shared details of Dr. Schrock's three-year contract, negotiated on Sunday, July 2, and Tuesday, July ll.

Dr. Schrock will be paid $85,000 a year, plus an allowance for cost of living, and a one-time $3,500 payment for moving to the Island. While the term begins August 1 and ends June 30, 2009, either side can sever the contract without penalty after the first year.

"Mackinac is not like every place else," said Ms. Martin of the early-out clause. "It isn't for everyone."

Dr. Schrock will receive a raise based on his years worked: 1.5 percent after three years, 2.5 percent after 10 years, 3.5 percent after 15 years, and 4.5 percent after 20 years. He will receive 10 days vacation, which, if possible, should be limited to non-school days, plus seven sick days and five personal days a year.

Dr. Schrock will begin work August 1.

"I'm looking very forward to working with Dr. Schrock," said President Ben Mosley.

"With his experience, I don't foresee any problems."

Dr. Schrock said he and his wife, Linda, are "super excited" to be moving to the Island, although they are still in search of a place to live.

"I'm prepared to hit the bricks running," he said.

The Schrock children are grown and he said he is looking forward to being part of the community.

"We'd like to adopt a new family," he said of joining the Mackinac Island community.

Dr. Schrock was selected from 37 people who applied for the superintendent post, to replace Jack Dehring, who retired earlier this summer. The board hired retired Cedarville superintendent Ken Drenth to screen the applicants and narrow the list to five candidates. One of the final five withdrew, and the board interviewed four candidates in June. Dr. Schrock was invited for a second interview Sunday, July 2, at which time he was offered the superintendency.

The next school board meeting will be Thursday, July 20, at 7 p.m. in the Mackinac Island Public School library.

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