Updated: 5:55 p.m.
Gerald Hill has tentatively accepted the job of superintendent of schools in West Bloomfield, Mich. He accepted the position, pending negotiations, just hours after it was extended early Saturday.
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Gerald Hill, who will retire as superintendent of District 34 on June 30, has been offered a superintendent position in West Bloomfield, Mich.
If Hill accepts West Bloomfield’s $190,000 offer, it would mean a pay cut from his current base salary of $270,000 with District 34. According to the district’s annual compensation report, Hill’s current package also includes benefits, a pension contribution, a car allowance and an $11,000 bonus.
Patch contacted Hill Saturday afternoon for a comment, but was not able to reach him. He indicated to the West Bloomfield School Board that, if he was offered the job, he intends to stay in the position for many years.
Beginning in July, Deputy Superintendent Michael Nicholson will become District’s 34’s newest superintendent, the 7th in the district’s 70-year history.
Hill impresses West Bloomfield Board
West Bloomfield Board Treasurer Nick Hersh said that Hill, "definitely did his homework" before the interview in Michigan on Friday.
Hersh spoke of Hill's eight years experience as superintendent in Glenview and eight years as superintendent of Community Consolidated School District 146 in Tinley Park, and that both places were "diverse communities, much like ours."
"He'll give us long-term stability," Hersh continued. "We asked him, where do you see yourself in five years? He replied, I see myself working here in five years and I see myself working here in 10 years."
President Bruce Tobin echoed Hersh's sentiment. "We've interviewed four excellent candidates, any of whom would have served us well," he said.
"(Hill) had by far the most experience as superintendent, along with consistency, stability, and work in a community similar to ours."
According to Hersh, Hill has indicated that he's also interviewing in other school districts around the country.
Retirement from D34 no surprise
Hill announced his retirement at an Oct. 3 board meeting, according to Triblocal. Nicholson was unanimously appointed the same night.
“This is not surprising to the board,” Board President Chris Northwick said at the meeting.
When the district originally conducted a deputy superintendent search, finding someone who could ultimately take over the superintendent position was a top priority, district spokesman Brett Clark told TribLocal in October.
Nicholson joined the district one year ago from Lewis Center, Ohio, where he was executive director of secondary learning for Olentangy Local Schools.
and officials have opted not to fill the deputy superintendent position vacated by Nicholson.
Nicholson’s base salary for the current year is $158,000, plus benefits and pension contributions. His new salary will be $205,000, Clark told Triblocal.