A public forum will be held Monday, February 5 at 6 p.m. inside the Shepherd Maple Leaf where input where be gathered from community members on the criteria that should be set for the next person who will replace Claire Bunker as superintendent of Shepherd Public Schools.

Recently, it was announced that Bunker will stepping down from her position at the end of the school year. A story in The Morning Sun detailed Bunker’s career:

Bunker, who began her teaching career in Reed City, said she’ll continue working but isn’t yet certain what she will be doing.

“I’m just retiring from public education, but I’m still going to work full-time,” Bunker said.

Bunker, 56, also spent 12 years in Farwell Area Schools, where she taught for 10 years and served two as a principal.

After that she was middle school principal at Shepherd for five years and spent almost five as curriculum coordinator for Clare-Gladwin Regional Education District before returning to Shepherd as superintendent in 2011.

An online survey has also been shared with the community.

On January 31, the Shepherd High School Facebook page posted the following announcement:

Good evening,
The Shepherd Public Schools Board of Education has accepted the retirement notice of our Superintendent Claire Bunker effective June 30, 2018. We have retained the services of the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB) to facilitate our search for our next superintendent. We are seeking community input on what the desired characteristics of our future school leader should be.

Mr. Charles Dumas, Executive Search Consultant with MASB will be hosting a community forum on Monday, February 5, 2018 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Maple Leaf Room to gather information about our school district and seek input from community members on what you want to see in our next superintendent.