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updated: 2/14/2012 3:38 PM

Glenbard superintendent withdraws from Michigan job search

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Glenbard High School District 87 Superintendent Michael Meissen withdrew his name from consideration as a finalist for a superintendent job in Michigan, school district officials there said Tuesday.

Meissen interviewed last week with school board members of the L'Anse Creuse Public Schools in Harrison Township, a suburb just north of Detroit, and took part in a community forum. He was one of three finalists.

On Monday, the board extended the job offer to Jacqueline Johnson, superintendent for Huron Valley Schools in Michigan, said Ken Hoover, the L'Anse Creuse board president.

Renee Foose, the deputy superintendent for Baltimore County Public Schools in Maryland, also was a finalist.

Hoover said Meissen was a "great gentleman" and "fine candidate," but said he withdrew his name from consideration after a community forum Saturday.

Meissen was one of about 60 applicants for the position in the Michigan school district, which encompasses 10 elementary schools, four middle schools, two traditional high schools, an alternative high school and an adult education center.

He said last August that he would be stepping down from his current position in Glenbard at the end of the school year.

On Monday, the Glenbard school board met in closed session where board members were presented with a list of the top seven superintendent candidates from a firm hired to assist with the search to replace Meissen. Board members will interview four candidates Wednesday and three Saturday, President Rich Heim said.

The board will narrow the list down to the top three, at which point the candidates will interview with other district stakeholders, Heim said.

The new superintendent is expected to be announced March 19.

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