2021 Berkley School District Superintendent Search

The Berkley School Board of Education is in the process of conducting a search for a new superintendent. Current Superintendent Dennis McDavid informed the Board in January 2021 he will not be seeking a contract renewal at the end of the 2020-21 school year.

The Board has hired Michigan Leadership Institute (MLI) to conduct this search. The process is underway, and detailed in the timeline, below. It is the Board’s wish to have a new superintendent hired in time for a smooth transition to the 2021-22 school year.

If you have any questions about this process, please submit them to Lori Suarez, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent. She will make sure your questions are directed to the appropriate person.

All media inquiries should be directed to Jessica Stilger, Director of Communications.

This website will be kept updated as the search progresses.

Superintendent Search Timeline

PDF DocumentPrintable Superintendent Search Timeline

Date Action
February 15,
7 pm
Board of Education Workshop to gather input, establish parameters of search, agree upon timeline
February 15 - March 1 Create and finalize posting
February 17-24 Collect stakeholder feedback via community survey to develop candidate profile and district/community profile
March 1 -
April 5
Post Superintendent position, place ads, accept applications until 4 pm on Monday, April 5
April 8,
7 pm
Board Meeting: Board will meet to hear the presentation of applicants and determine which candidates to interview, in closed session

Board will also prepare for first round interviews (i.e., select interview questions)

At the end of the meeting, candidates to interview will be announced in open session
April 12
7 pm
Board Meeting: First round of interviews
April 13
7 pm
Board Meeting: First round of interviews
April 14
7 pm
Board Meeting: First round of interviews (if needed)
April 15
7 pm
Board Meeting: Selection of finalists
April 28-29
Daytime &
7 pm
Each finalist candidate meets with stakeholder groups. Stakeholders provide feedback to the Board on the candidates.

Board Meetings: Board conducts final interviews
Week of
May 3
Site Visits: Board subcommittee meets with stakeholders at the work site of the finalist candidates
May 10
7 pm
Board Meeting: Board selects the Superintendent
Week of
May 24
Board action to hire the Superintendent (tentative)
July 1

First official work day for Superintendent


The Board of Education wishes to hear feedback from the Berkley Schools community during this superintendent search.

Please take this survey to share your thoughts on two questions:

  1. What are the key skills, qualities and characteristics the new Superintendent for Berkley Schools should possess?
  2. What are the top five strengths of Berkley Schools and the community it serves? What are you most proud of?

Berkley Schools Superintendent Search Survey

How will the community be involved?

The community will have the opportunity to give feedback to the Board via the community survey, open February 17-24, 2021. This two question survey allows the staff, parents, community members and students to share their thoughts with the Board early on in the search process.

The Board will also ask stakeholders to give feedback after each candidate interview, via feedback forms.

When the Board has narrowed the search to finalists, the finalist candidates will meet with stakeholders prior to the final interviews. Stakeholders will have the opportunity to share their feedback with the Board, after meeting with the finalists.

What is the timeline to hire a new superintendent?

The timeline begins on February 15 with a Board Workshop and ends at the end of May with the selection and contract signing of a new superintendent. The detailed timeline is listed at the top of this webpage.

What is Michigan Leadership Institutes's role?

Michigan Leadership Institute (MLI) will lead the Board of Education through the superintendent search process. John Silveri, MLI Regional President for Southeast Michigan, searches will facilitate the search and act as the direct contact with the board, community, and candidates.