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Update - March 9 - Patterson Offered Superintendency

Dr. William PattersonLakeview’s Board of Education last night voted unanimously to offer Dr. William Patterson III the position of superintendent.

Board members cited Patterson’s focus on students, collaborative leadership style and use of data and relationship building to create common goals as reasons for his selection. Patterson is the current assistant superintendent for secondary instruction at Jackson Public Schools.

“Dr. Patterson is a student focused, collaborative leader who brings the experience needed for a seamless transition in the superintendency,” said Board of Education President Eric Greene.

The announcement was made following a months-long process culminating in five hours of interviews, the review of stakeholder feedback and discussion around the merits of two finalists:  Patterson and Battle Creek Area Math & Science Center Director Luke Perry. 

During deliberations, board members weighed information gathered through an extensive vetting process against the candidate profile which was developed last fall with the input of students, staff and community.  In addition to two interviews, the finalists were evaluated through extensive reference checks, and interactions during district tours and public open houses. 

"Hiring a superintendent is a thorough, highly inclusive process. On behalf of the board, I want to thank the numerous stakeholders who participated in and provided feedback during the past several months,” stated Greene.  “While this is ultimately the board’s decision, we didn’t get here this evening without the input and support of district staff, students, parents and the community.”

Fifteen candidates applied for the position which closed in January.

Update - March 8 - Public Open Houses & 2nd Interviews Tonight

The Lakeview School District Board of Education invites Lakeview students, staff, parents and community members to meet the two superintendent finalists during public open houses taking place from 4:00-4:45 pm tonight at Lakeview High School. Open houses are an informal opportunity for stakeholders to meet the candidates, ask questions and share priorities.

Following the open houses, candidates Dr. William Patterson and Mr. Luke Perry will participate in a 2nd round of interviews starting at 5:30 pm at Lakeview High School. Interviews are open to the public and will also be live streamed that evening. A link to the event will be available on the homepage of the district website.

Stakeholders viewing the interviews online will have the opportunity to provide feedback through an online survey. A link to the survey will be included along with the link to the meeting. Please note that the survey will be available starting at 5:30 pm and will close 10 minutes after the second interview. Board members will consider all feedback prior to their deliberations.

Additional information on the candidates and process are available on the district website.

Update - March 3 - Public Open Houses & 2nd Interviews Announced

The Lakeview School District Board of Education invites Lakeview students, staff, parents and community members to meet the two superintendent finalists during public open houses. Open houses will take place on March 8 from 4:00-4:45 pm at Lakeview High School and will provide an informal opportunity for stakeholders to meet candidates, ask questions and share priorities.

Following the open houses, candidates Dr. William Patterson and Mr. Luke Perry will participate in a 2nd round of interviews starting at 5:30 pm at Lakeview High School. Interviews are open to the public and will also be live streamed that evening. A link to the event will be available on the homepage of the district website.

Dr. Patterson is the current Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Curriculum at Jackson Public Schools. Luke Perry is the STEM Director at the Battle Creek Area Math Science Center at Battle Creek Public Schools.  The two were advanced on the second night of interviews with five first round candidates. Finalists were selected following the board’s review of community feedback collected after each interview.

The new superintendent is expected to start July 1. 

Update - February 19 - Candidates Announced

The Lakeview School District Board of Education will interview five candidates in its search for the district's next superintendent. Interviews will take place February 23 and 24.

"We are pleased with the quality of applicants and look forward to learning more about how their experiences and leadership can support our community's goals for this position. Stakeholders are encouraged to attend interviews next week where they will have the opportunity to continue providing input into hiring Lakeview's next leader,"  said Lakeview Board President Eric Greene.

Candidates were selected from a pool of 15 applying to the post which closed January 27. Candidates were selected for interviews based on priorities driven by the district’s strategic plan and through stakeholder input gathered last fall through a series of meetings and an online survey.

The five candidates are:

  • Verenice Gutierrez, Ph.D., Director, Educational Equity and Access, Salt Lake City School District, Utah
  • William Patterson, III, Ph.D., Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Curriculum, Jackson Public Schools
  • Luke Perry, MA, STEM Director, Battle Creek Public Schools
  • Christine Robertson, Ed.D., Director of Specialized Instruction, Muskegon Public Schools
  • Jeffery Robinson, Ph.D., Principal, Detroit Public Schools Community District

LINK TO CANDIDATE RESUMES

Robinson, Patterson and Gutierrez will interview on February 23. Perry and Robertson will interview on February 24. Interviews will begin at 5 p.m. each night at the Lakeview High School Forum, 15060 S. Helmer Rd.

All interviews are open to the public. Stakeholders present will have the opportunity to provide written feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of each candidate. Board members will review this feedback in preparation for deliberating and selecting finalists after the conclusion of interviews on February 24.

The Board will hold second interviews with finalists the evening of March 8. The new superintendent is expected to start July 1. 

Retired Kalamazoo Public Schools Assistant Superintendent Cindy Green was selected in November to serve as the district's interim superintendent. She will serve through the end of June to assist with the transition of leadership. Former Superintendent Blake Prewitt left in December for the top post at Newaygo County Intermediate School District.

Update - February 17 - First Interviews Set

The Lakeview School District Board of Education will interview selected superintendent candidates next week on February 23 and 24. Candidates were selected for interviews based on priorities driven by the district’s strategic plan and through stakeholder input gathered last fall through a series of meetings and an online survey.

"Stakeholders are encouraged to attend interviews next week where they will have the opportunity to continue providing input into hiring Lakeview's next leader,"  said Lakeview Board President Eric Greene.

Parents and community members are welcome to attend the interviews which will take place starting at 5 pm each night in the Lakeview High School Forum. Those in attendance will have the opportunity to provide written feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of each candidate. Board members will review this feedback in preparation for deliberating and selecting finalists after the conclusion of interviews on February 24.

Candidate names and specific interview times will be available on the district website early next week.

Update - November 24 - Lakeview Board Wants to Hear from You!

The Lakeview School District Board of Education is asking stakeholders for input on what to look for in the district’s next superintendent.  Residents of the district, parents, community members, district staff, students and administration are encouraged to participate in the process.

Stakeholders may choose to participate in an online survey or at one of three meetings scheduled for parents and community members.  Participants will share their priorities for the qualities, experiences, and skills needed in the new superintendent.  Separate sessions are scheduled for district staff and students.  

Stakeholder input will be reviewed by the Board at a special meeting on Tuesday, December 14.  The Board will use the information to help craft a job description and posting for the district’s next superintendent.  Special meetings are open to the public.  

The Board is being assisted in its search by the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB), a service organization that supports the work of school boards throughout Michigan.  MASB will facilitate all community and staff input sessions and collect responses to the online survey.

Additional information on the search timeline and process is available at www.lakeviewspartans.org.

Update - November 5 - Lakeview Moves Forward in Interim Search

Lakeview’s Board of Education took the next step in selecting an interim superintendent at a special board meeting last night. 

Following four hours of interviews and deliberations, the Board approved a motion to enter into negotiations with retired Kalamazoo Public Schools Assistant Superintendent Cindy Green. Board members cited Green's experience in school leadership, curriculum and instruction, school safety, health, and educational equity as reasons for her selection. 

“Above all, the Board appreciated Cindy’s energy and passion for students, for education and for Lakeview.  Her experience will serve the district well during this transition. We look forward to welcoming her back to the Spartan family,” said Board President Eric Greene.

Green, a proud member of the Lakeview High School Class of 1976, brings 17 years of experience as an Assistant Superintendent within Kalamazoo Public Schools.

The interim superintendent will serve through June 30, during which time the Board will conduct a comprehensive search for the district's next leader.  Current Superintendent Blake Prewitt's last day with the district will be December 31.

Staff members, parents and the community will have opportunities to provide input throughout the search process.  A timeline for the search and public engagement is anticipated to be announced in late November.

Update - October 20, 2021

On Monday, October 18, Lakeview’s Board laid the groundwork for the search and selection of the district’s next superintendent.

As part of their regular monthly meeting, the Board formally accepted the resignation of Superintendent Blake Prewitt.  Mr. Prewitt has accepted a new position as superintendent at Newaygo County RESA.  His last day with the district will be December 31, 2021.

The Board also selected the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB) to lead the search for the district’s next superintendent.  The search will take around three months and include opportunities for stakeholders to provide input throughout the process - from creating the job description to sharing feedback following public interviews. It is anticipated that a timeline for the search will be announced in November.