Ryan, who has been the principal of the Kindergarten-2nd grade elementary school in Otego for 10 years, said he tries to be supportive of the teachers during this stressful time in education.
“My doors always open so teachers can vent,” Ryan said. “These new common core modules are very hard.”
He said the stress in school “trickles down to students” and he tries to eliminate the stress as possible so that students can still have fun.
Ryan also emphasized that he believes very strongly in communicating with parents about what is going on in the school. He utilizes technology such as the school website to make announcements and a school bulletin to check in with parents to see if they have questions he said.
“When you give people a voice it makes them more engaged,” Ryan said.
He also talked about how successful his Parent Teacher Organization has been at fundraising for field trips. He said he would like to help and support a PTO in the CV-S school.
Ryan said he would bring consistency and longevity to the superintendent position if he were hired.
“I would also like to celebrate what you are doing well,” Ryan said.
The last candidate to speak was Larry Spangenburg, who has served as the elementary principal and district data coordinator in Falconer for the past 10 years.
Spangenburg said he is looking to work in a small district like the one he currently works in, so he can get to know the students and their families.
“I treat all the kids like they’re my own,” he said.
“If hired here I’m here for the long run. I think it’s very important to live in the district that you are an administrator in,” Spangenburg continued.
Spangenburg said that he is very involved in his current community and school. When he has meetings with parents he has teachers take attendance. If certain parents aren’t there he calls them to fill them in and sometimes makes home visits.