Superintendent, Dowagiac Union School District

Thursday, May 16, 2019
Dowagiac Union School District/ MASB
Position Details: 

Dowagiac Union School District

The Board of Education for the Dowagiac Union School District is in search of a new superintendent. 

Dowagiac is a city in Cass County situated at the corner of four townships. The city name comes from the Potawatomi word dewje'og meaning "fishing [near home] water" and Dowagiac serves as the home to Southwestern Michigan College.

The Dowagiac Union School District is dedicated to academic success for all of its students and is home to US News and World Report Bronze Award Recipient, Dowagiac Union High School.

District Data:


  •         Enrollment - 2158
  •         Teachers - 128
  •         Administrators - 17
  •         Counselors/social workers - 7
  •         Paraprofessionals - 40
  •         Office Staff - 17
  •         Support Staff/Other Staff - 
  •         Other staff - 35
  •         School buildings - 7
  •         Foundation grant per pupil $7871
  •         Annual operating budget
    •    Revenue - $22,951,905
    •    Expense - $23,258,067
  •         Projected fund balance - $3,578,911
  •         Tax Base (2013 SEV)
  •         Non-Homestead Levy - 17.8813
  •         Debt Retirement - have 2 - 2.5 (2001)  and 3.65 (2015)



Board of Education

Larry Schmidt, President
Ruth Ausra, Vice President
Phyllis Sarabyn, Secretary
Ronal O. Jones, Treasurer
Terry Groth, Trustee
Carrie Freeman, Trustee
Ronda Sullivan, Trustee

Salary and Contract Information

The Board will offer a comprehensive, multi-year contract. Compensation will be commensurate with experience of the successful candidate and requirements of the position. A preliminary salary range of $120,000 to $135,000 has been established.



Application Procedure

Interested candidates should complete and submit an online application by clicking here.

Completed online applications must be submitted no later than 4:00 pm on May 16, 2019. No “hard copy,” fax or emailed copies accepted. IF requested by the candidate, materials will be treated confidentially through the screening process. Candidate names will become public at the time an interview is scheduled.

All questions regarding the search should be directed to Jay D. Bennett, Assistant Director of Executive Search Services, Michigan Association of School Boards, at 517.327.5928 or

Search Timeline



Application deadline

May 16, 2019

Selection of candidates to interview

May 30, 2019

First round interviews

June 11 & 12, 2019

Second round interviews/First Opportunity for Board Selection of Superintendent

June 17, 2019

Board visitation (if necessary)


Second Opportunity for Board Selection of Superintendent


Start date

Jul 1, 2019






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