Mesyar is finalist in Shelby superintendent search. 

June 8, 2022

Dan Mesyar

Mesyar is finalist in Shelby superintendent search. 

By Allison Scarbrough, Editor and Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief.

SHELBY — Ludington High School Principal Dan Mesyar is a final candidate for the superintendent position at Shelby Public Schools. He is expected to be interviewed in front of the Shelby Public Schools Board of Education when it meets at 5:20 p.m. on Thursday, June 9 at 5:30 p.m. Audience members will have an opportunity to provide input to the board through a feedback form.

Mesyar and Shelby High School Principal Mark Olmstead are the two finalists. Olmstead is expected to be interviewed at 7:15 p.m. 

The new school leader will take over for Superintendent Tim Reeves, who resigned to accept the superintendent job at Wayland Public Schools. Reeves is leading the effort to find a replacement at Shelby. His last day on the job will be June 30, and the new superintendent will take over July 1.

“We are in the process of holding second-round interviews,” said Reeves. “We had first-round interviews last Thursday (June 2).” Four candidates were interviewed out of a field of seven applicants.

Tim Reeves

The other two candidates who were interviewed for the position were Mason County Eastern Elementary/Secondary School Principal Mark Forner and Newaygo High School Principal Ben Reyburn.

“It is anticipated the board will deliberate on June 9 and select the candidate for superintendent of Shelby Public Schools,” states Reeves in a memorandum on the district’s website.

“It’s been a great experience for me,” said Reeves of his tenure as Shelby’s superintendent. “I’ve had tremendous happiness working in this wonderful community. I am going to look back fondly on my time and memories working there. I will miss the good people that I’ve had a great opportunity to work with over the last four and a half years.”

During the transition, Reeves said he will fulfill a few contract days at Wayland prior to his last official day in Shelby.

Mesyar was recently a finalist for the Fremont Public Schools superintendent position. That position went to Brad Jacobs, who had most recently served as superintendent of Inland Lakes Public Schools and had previously served as Mason County Central High School principal. 

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