2008-08-09 / Top News

Waite Is New High School Science Teacher

By Caitlyn Kienitz

The Mackinac Island Public School board of education voted unanimously at a special meeting Thursday, July 31, to hire Richard Waite of Cheboygan as the new high school science teacher.

Mr. Waite, formerly a teacher in Mackinaw City, holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Michigan and received his master's degree in education from Northern Illinois University in December 2000.

Superintendent Roger Schrock said Mr. Waite was one of about 23 viable candidates who applied for the job, and added that he met all necessary qualifications and credentials.

The personnel committee reinterviewed Mr. Waite Tuesday, July 29, before recommending him to the board at the special meeting.

Board member Terry Andress, who spoke on behalf of the committee, said she believed Mr. Waite is an excellent candidate for the job.

"Through the talks we had, I think he'll be a great asset to the school," she said.

Personnel committee member Sara Chambers agreed, and said after the meeting that she hoped Mr. Waite would help bring continuity to the children's science educations.

"This gentleman does great lab work and hands-on learning," she said, adding that she hopes he'll fit well into the community.

The special meeting was called after the board decided to delay the decision during its July 24 meeting, when some members of the board expressed concern that former Mackinac Island teacher Jack Dehring had not been given due consideration for the position and wanted the committee to reconsider him as a candidate.

After the board approached Mr. Dehring about an interview, he withdrew his candidacy.

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