Pummell a finalist for Evart chief

October 30, 2015

Doniel Pummell

Doniel Pummell

By Rosemary Horvath

Former Clare Schools Superintendent Doniel Pummell made it to a final round as a candidate for interim superintendent at Evart Public Schools in Osceola County.

The Evart Board of Education interviewed Pummell for a second time at a special board meeting Tuesday night.
Shirley Howard was also interviewed and, in the end, was offered the job for the period of Jan. 1 to June 30, 2016. Negotiations are underway. Howard retired in June as superintendent of Chippewa Hills School District.

Evart Schools Superintendent Howard Hyde is retiring Dec. 31. He said the school board will conduct a search for a full-time superintendent next year.
Assisting the board lately has been Curtis Finch, superintendent of the Mecosta-Osceola Intermediate School District. In June he advised the board to consider hiring a person full-time, part-time or one shared with another school district.

Hyde declined to say what motivated the board to have an interim position rather than a full-time replacement. He announced his retirement in spring.
Ten candidates initially applied. Eight were singled from which four were interviewed. Pummell and Howard were chosen for second interviews.

Pummell had been the Clare superintendent since 2011 until her abrupt resignation In August, reportedly from a mutual agreement with the school board.
The school board named Doug Fillmore who will be the acting superintendent. Fillmore had retired as superintendent of Meridian Schools. Pummell hired him in 2012 as interim principal of Pioneer High School and Adult Education. He later became the program’s full-time principal.

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