Tentative deal made to keep Palmer as Posen superintendent

by Peter Jakey–Managing Editor

Interim superintendent John Palmer and members of the Posen Consolidated Schools Board of Education agreed on a tentative deal that will bring the longtime Cheboygan administrator back for the 2013-14 school in a full-time role.

Palmer, who took over when former superintendent Dru Milliron resigned in March, was working two days a week until the end of the school year, June 5. He also participated in the commencement exercise.

The school board went into closed session at the conclusion of their regular monthly meeting for the purposes of discussing Palmer’s new contract.

John Palmer

“We discussed what he has done for us since he came here and what our expectations are until he leaves,” said board president Ken Wozniak.

Financial terms were not disclosed as the district’s hired legal firm prepares a contract.

“He will be at the school every day the kids are in school, for sure,” said Wozniak. “And other days as needed.”

At recent meetings, board members have indicated that they have been pleased with the way he has been handling the duties of the superintendent’s office.

Palmer also has expressed his interest in administration for the small public school and said he would be willing to come back.

His current contract expires June 30, while the tentative new deal would run from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014.

“We’ll have it signed before July 1,” said Wozniak. “He assured us that everything will be on task, schedules will be made up etc., etc. So, we will be ready for at the start of school.”