Liedel to be RC interim super

ROGERS CITY — The Rogers City Area Schools Board of Education has chosen an interim superintendent to replace Dave O’Bryant, who left the district to take a position with Farwell Area Schools.

Jeffrey Liedel was interviewed during a school board executive committee’s meeting Monday prior to a board workshop.

“This is done to bridge the gap, as far as that goes,” board President Ivy Cook said. “We wanted you to come in to talk to the executive committee. This is just a general discussion on your background.”

Liedel has been in education for 25 years and business for 10 years.

“I was in Vanderbilt for four years then I was in Alanson. I was there for seven years,” Liedel said.

He said during his times in Vanderbilt and Alanson there was school consolidation so he also took on multiple roles.

“We’re a young board we’re looking for guidance from someone who’s worked in other districts,” Cook said. “Be critical. Tell us what’s worked, what hasn’t worked.”

Liedel said he looks at this position as a consultant type situation.

“Are you aware that our business office needs some significant mending?” board Secretary Devin Pommerenke said.

Liedel said he heard some rumors about the state of the office. He said due to his extensive background with finances he would apply what he knows. But he also wouldn’t know what to do until he sat down and went through the budget.

Pommerenke asked if Liedel would be interested in a mentorship relationship with the permanent superintendent if they are newer at the job. Liedel said he would.

Liedel said he’s not interested in a long-term position and would like to be with the school for only a couple months.

Board Vice President Deedra Hasselhuhn said it’s possible he still would be in Rogers City until March or April, and Liedel said he would be OK with that time frame. He also said he would work two to three full days a week because he will have to commute.

The board approved the interim contract with a unanimous vote at the scheduled workshop after the committee meeting. The contract was for three days a week the first month, two and a half days a week the second month, and two days a week the third month. The maximum number of hours he can work is 240 at $60 an hour.

Jordan Spence can be reached via email at jspence@thealpenanews.com or by phone at 358-5687.