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9:58 AM EDT, July 25, 2012
PETOSKEY — Two longtime, local educators will serve as interim directors of Concord Academy Petoskey, effective Aug. 1.
The move comes as the school enters the final stages in recruiting a permanent director to replace outgoing director David Hill, who announced his resignation in May.
The board approved the hiring of Denise Sandison and Larry Kubovichick as interim directors. Sandison and Kubovichick have worked in K-12 education for a combined 50 years and each holds a master’s degree in education and is certified in public school administration.
Sandison, of Charlevoix, has worked in management for public school academies as part of the consulting firm, Lakeshore Education Management, and has taught in charter schools since 1995.
Kubovichick, who lives in Petoskey, recently retired after 17 years of service as director of Concord Academy Boyne.
“This is a win-win for everyone,” Sandison said. “We are excited to help get the school off to a great start. Larry and I have worked successfully together for over 10 years. Our strengths are complimentary, and we are confident that the new director will have a smooth transition later this fall.”
“Having an experienced leadership team is critical to the success of the academy’s 2012-13 school year,” added Tom Tietjen, board president.
“With Denise and Larry on board, our search committee will have the opportunity to focus on a careful and deliberate search to find the right person for the role of permanent director.”
Tietjen said both Sandison and Kubovichick will be directly employed by Lakeshore Education Management, a company contracted by the school to provide personnel services, including interim leadership.
Tietjen added that while the financial details of the contract with the management company do not specify precisely what benefits and salary are to be paid to both Sandison and Kubovichick, the board authorized approximately $1,350 per week to cover the added expense of this service to the school’s contract with Lakeshore Education Management.
“We don’t anticipate requiring this interim leadership more than a few months,” Tietjen said.
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