CAPAC —On Thursday night, August 10, the school board voted unanimously to hire Levi (Jeff) Terpenning as their next superintendent. Audience members, comprised of several parents and staff members, applauded the selection.
Terpenning was one of three finalists to earn a second interview earlier in the week and on Tuesday, Board President Monica Standel and trustee Marie Killingbeck visited his current district, Hillsdale Community Schools, where he serves as high school principal. The other two second round finalists were Deane Spencer and Joseph Perrera. Standel and Killingbeck also visited Whittemore-Prescott where Perrera is the superintendent. A site visit to Spencer's place of employment, the Macomb ISD, wasn't deemed feasible.
The board members shared their findings from the site visits and after brief discussions, indicated that Terpenning was their first choice. The vote was 6-0 in favor of the motion with trustee Barry Geliske absent as he is currently on an overseas military deployment.
Standel, Killingbeck and Treasurer Bill Ellis will comprise the committee tasked with negotiating a contract with Terpenning. The new superintendent is expected to start the job on or before August 28.
Dr. Chuck Smith has been serving as interim superintendent since Dr. Steve Bigelow departed Capac Schools on June 30 after two years on the job.
At Thursday's meeting, the board also approved hiring Sean Lively as their next elementary principal and Richard Cross as their jr.-sr. high assistant principal/athletic director.
Maria Brown joined the Tri-City Times staff in 2003, the same year she earned a bachelor's degree in English from Calvin College. Born and raised in Imlay City, she and her family reside in the Capac area where she enjoys gardening and reading.