Effective this week, Angela Horne, a life skills teacher at the MSD High School, will serve as the interim principal while the state is in the process of hiring a full-time replacement following the resignation of Natalie Grupido in April.
Director of the state’s Office of Special Education Teri Chapman addressed the state’s administrative hiring process at a meeting Tuesday, June 18. She was later joined by Scott Koenigsknecht, deputy superintendent, to field further questions from students, parents and teachers.
The meeting was scheduled at the school after several people held a protest outside the building Monday over the the transparency of the hiring process and other issues, including the ASL proficiency of administrators. Due to the meeting’s short notice, a second meeting has been scheduled for from 6 to 8 p.
, in Flint and comes after several people held a protest outside the building over the hiring process and other issues.
While the state hopes to have a new permanent principal hired as soon as possible, she said the temporary position will suffice in the time it takes to complete the open hiring process for the administrative role.
Chapman said the community will have to opportunity to be highly involved in the search for the school’s new leader in the coming months. In the meantime, Horne will take on all principal duties and aid in training the new principal when the final decision is made.
According to an email statement sent by MSD, Horne is highly proficient in American Sign Language with an associate’s degree in Sign Language Interpreting, a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Teaching Certificate with a Deaf Education endorsement.
That’s all we’re asking for.”
To demonstrate his point, he asked the interpreters at the event not to translate in spoken English for a few minuets.
When they answered “no,” he said, ”Yeah, that’s one of the things you need to work on.”
Every candidate for the job will have to be ASL proficient, Chapman said before the comment portion.
“You need to have a person there who is an expert or who is well versed in deaf education, who has love for the deaf community, who has an understanding, a cultural understanding, something,” Houston said.
“I’m not saying they have to be deaf. I don’t care if they can hear or not.
I want these hands to move,” she said, motioning with her own hands.