LAPEER COUNTY — The Lapeer Intermediate School District Board didn't have to look far to find its next superintendent.
Current ISD Supt. Joe Keena announced this week that longtime Almont Schools Supt. Steve Zott will accede to the post next July.
Keena, who has held the position for six years, plans to retire on June 30, 2011, to spend more time with family members in Indiana.
Keena said the ISD Board interviewed six "outstanding" candidates for the position, with Zott emerging as the clear choice for the position.
He alluded to Zott's vast knowledge and experience as a school administrator and superintendent for giving him an edge in the selection process.
"Steve is a perfect fit for the ISD," said Keena on Friday. "He's a tremendous person of high ethics and character. And you can always count on him.
While excited about his future as Lapeer ISD Supt., Steve Zott remains focused on the present. photo by Tom Wearing.
"He's also demonstrated that he's a quality leader who knows how to run a district," Keena said. "People trust Steve. I see good things for the ISD in the future.
"Best of all," he continued, "It feels good to know the job is in capable hands."
Zott will officially become Lapeer ISD Superintendent on July 1, 2011. Keena reported he is currently involved in contract negotiations with the ISD Board.
On Monday, in the midst of preparing for that night's school board meeting, Zott said he is honored by the ISD Board's selection, but his current focus continues to be on his duties with the Almont district.
"I appreciate the opportunity to work with the ISD and look forward to the challenge," said Zott, "but right now I'm very busy working on behalf of the kids and families here in Almont.
"I've talked with ISD Board President Gary Howell, and we've agreed to get together after the holidays to work out the details. I fully expect that we'll work it all out."
Zott has been with Almont Schools since August of 1988, when he assumed the duties of high school principal.
He was selected as the district's superintendent in November of 1992. He officially assumed his duties as superintendent in March 1993, when a replacement for him was found at the high school.
Tom Wearing started at the Tri-City Times in 1989, covering the Village of Capac as a beat reporter. He later served stints as assistant editor and editor. Today, he covers Imlay City and Almont as a staff writer. He enjoys music and plays drums and sings with various musical groups in the Detroit Metropolitan area.