(Deckerville) – After conducting second interviews for two finalists for the Superintendent’s job this week, the Deckerville school board hired Harbor Beach Principal Michael Hugan Wednesday night.
Hugan had spent much of Wednesday afternoon in the district, meeting staff and members of the public, prior to his interview with the board. Following the interview, the board agreed that Hugan best fit the needs of the Deckerville school district.
Charles Andrews of Michigan Leadership Institute said the school board worked hard to make a decision and had two qualified candidates to choose from when the final decision was reached. “The board worked hard and working through the list of candidates and I thought they asked some great questions. Mr. Hugan had questions for the board as well and when it was all said and done, they decided he was the person to take them in to the future.”
Andrews said the board started with a list of 15 candidates and narrowed the field to four finalists, including Deckerville native Jeff Terpenning who is Principal at Hillsdale Schools in southern Michigan. Hugan and the other finalists, Jason McElrath both toured the school district this week, before their final interviews.
Hugan was also a finalist for the Superintendent job in Harbor Beach, prior to applying for the Deckerville opening.
School Board President John Block expects contract details will be worked out in the coming weeks and anticipates Hugan will begin his duties with Deckerville July 1st.