2018-04-19 / Local News

Principal Gann retiring after 22 years in Leland

GANN GANN A fixture at Leland Public School is stepping down June 30 after 22 years of service.

Charlie Gann, eight-year principal at Leland, is retiring after more than 35 years in education.

Gann came to Leland in the mid- 1990s with 15 years experience as a teacher overseas and in Minnesota, superintendent Jason Stowe said.

He initially taught physical education to Leland students and also served as athletic director for an eight-year period and was also a coach.

Applications for the post will be accepted through April 27.

“Our committee will narrow down applicant to six or eight candidates for a first round of interviews,” Stowe said. “Then they’ll narrow it down to the top two.”

The search committee is comprised of five teachers; athletic director; counselor; IB (International Baccalaureate) coordinator; two School Board members and Stowe.

The goal is to have a new principal hired by June 1.

The timeline to identify the new administrator was discussed during Monday’s monthly meeting.

Board members also discussed a pending unfair labor practice complaint lodged by the Board of Education against the Leland Education Association (LEA).

In the fall of 2017 the LEA filed a grievance regarding scheduling and teacher assignments. The administration and LEA representatives could not resolve the issue, resulting in an arbitration date to settle the issue.

Stowe said through discussions with legal counsel while preparing for arbitration, that the grievance contained “prohibited subjects of bargaining” and the board filed the complaint with Michigan Employment Relations Commission.

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