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Lansing superintendent search timeline

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Posted at 8:55 PM, Dec 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-20 20:55:04-05

LANSING, Mich. — The Lansing School Board has hired Sam Sinicropi to serve as the interim superintendent while the district continues to search for a permanent one.

They met on Thursday night and announced the decision to bring in Sinicropi.

Sinicropi will begin serving as interim superintendent on Jan. 1, 2020 and he already has some plans in mind for the district.

"Looking forward to improving student achievement even in a short period of time. We want to look at completing our bond issue in a timely matter. Making sure the bond projects get completed," Sinicropi said.

The board’s next meeting is at 6:30 on Jan. 9.

Fox 47 put together this “proposed” timeline, which could be subject to change.

Jan. 1
Interim Superintendent Sam Sinicropi starts job

Job posting for permanent superintendent position closes
Feb 11

School Board interview prep for candidates, candidate selection for interviews
Feb. 20

First round of interviews
(5-7 interviews lasting 50 minutes each with additional time for breaks and debrief)
March 10-11

Final interviews, possible open house to meet candidates
(2 finalists interviewing for 75 minutes each) Possible Board Decision Date
March 18

Target hiring date for superintendent position
July 1

The Lansing School District is looking for a permanent superintendent after acting superintendent Mark Coscarella stepped down and asked to be placed on leave.

He was the lead candidate for the position until an investigation uncovered allegations that he sexually harassed a former student teacher and allowed students to watch pornography when he was Holt's baseball coach.

Dr. Coscarella's leave of absence is described by the district as a "voluntary, paid, non-disciplinary administrative leave, until further notice."

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