Caro school board members plan to welcome George Rierson back to town – as the school district’s new superintendent.
Board members on Monday voted 6 to 0 to offer Rierson – the Unionville-Sebewaing Area Schools superintendent – the superintendent’s job at Caro.
The Caro board could hire Rierson as superintendent at the board’s 7 p.m. meeting June 14, according to school officials.
Rierson has served as the USA superintendent since 2011, after joining the USA school district in 2007 as an administrator.
Before working in the USA district, Rierson worked as Caro High School principal. Prior to that he served as Caro’s assistant high school principal, after teaching science in Caro for five years.
The Advertiser couldn’t reach Rierson for comment. The board chose Rierson (pronounced “RYE-ur-son”) over the other remaining finalist, Caro High Assistant Principal Matthew Branding, who is serving as Caro’s interim superintendent.
Fourteen applicants sought the Caro superintendent’s job, but only Rierson and Branding received second interviews, which occurred at Monday’s special board meeting.
The Caro job opened following the board’s March decision not to keep Peter Newman as superintendent. Newman had been Caro’s superintendent since 2018.
The Caro school district has more than twice the number of students as the Unionville-Sebewaing Area school district. State Department of Education statistics show Caro with 1,467 students from kindergarten through 12th grade in the 2020-2021 school year.
The USA district counted 682 students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade this school year, which ends June 30.
Caro’s K-12 enrollment fell by 10.6 percent from 2019-2020, according to state Department of Education numbers.
USA’s K-12 enrollment fell by 3.9 percent from the previous school year.
A location hasn’t been finalized for the Caro board’s June 14 meeting. The public can check the school district website, carok12.org, for details in the coming days.