Britton Deerfield School District
Bylaws & Policies


The Board of Education vests the primary responsibility for administration of this District in the Superintendent of Schools. The appointment of that officer is, therefore, one of the most important functions the Board can perform.

Whenever the position of Superintendent shall be vacant, the Board shall appoint a Superintendent of Schools as chief executive officer and fix his/her salary and term of office which shall be no more than five (5) years.

The Board shall actively seek the best qualified and most capable candidate for the position of District Superintendent.

It may be aided in this task by:

 A.a committee of Board members;

 B.the services of professional consultants;

 C.the counsel of the out-going Superintendent;

 D.the participation of members of the community.

Recruitment procedures may be prepared in advance of the search and may include:

 A.preparation of a written job specification for the position of Superintendent;

 B.preparation of written specifications of qualification in addition to proper State certification;

 C.preparation of informative material describing this District and its educational goals;

 D.where feasible, the opportunity for applicants to visit the schools of this District;

 E.the requirement that each selected candidate for the position be interviewed by Board members in a format that encourages him/her to express his/her educational philosophy;

 F.solicitation of applications from a wide geographical area;

 G.consideration of all applicants fairly without discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin or ancestry, marital status, disability, height, weight, and/or any other legally protected characteristic unrelated to the position of Superintendent.

All interviews of applicants by the Board or a committee of the Board shall be done in open meetings. At the time of application, the Board President shall see that each applicant has been informed that Michigan law may not permit the Board to protect his/her application from disclosure, and any interview must be open to the public.

The Superintendent must submit to a criminal history record check from the Michigan State Police. See Policy 3121.

A person who is employed as Superintendent by this Board who was a school administrator in Michigan prior to January 4, 2010, is not required to have a school administrator's certificate issued by the Department of Education but must confirm that s/he meets the continuing educational requirements for school administrators established by the State Board of Education. All others must either have a valid school administrator's certificate or be enrolled or become enrolled, within six (6) months of beginning the position, in a program leading to certification as a school administrator. Certification must be completed within three (3) years, or the person may not continue to be employed as the Superintendent.

The Superintendent must be employed pursuant to a signed contract.

Such contract shall include:

 A.the term for which employment is contracted, including beginning and ending dates;

 B.that tenure in a position shall not be granted;

 C.the salary which the Superintendent shall be paid and the intervals at which s/he shall be paid;

 D.the benefits to which s/he is entitled;

 E.such other matters as may be necessary to a full and complete understanding of the employment contract.

The Superintendent so appointed shall devote himself/herself to the duties of his/her office.

Any candidate's intentional misstatement of fact material to his/her qualification for employment or the determination of his/her salary shall be considered by this Board to constitute grounds for his/her dismissal.

The person selected for the position of Superintendent may be required to undergo a physical examination reasonably related to the duties s/he will be required to perform, the cost of which shall be borne by the District.

M.C.L. 15.601, et seq., 380.1229, 380.1230, 380.1246, 380.1536

Revised 6/12/06
Revised 4/12/12

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