Districts seeking to share official

MAYFIELD – The Mayfield and Northville school boards have launched a search for a shared interim superintendent to lead the two districts for the 2013-14 school year.

Patrick Michel, the Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Board of Cooperative Educational Services superintendent, will facilitate the search.

“This illustrates the willingness of these districts to work together to preserve quality education in their communities and promote further collaboration between the two school districts,” Michel said in a news release.

Mayfield Superintendent Paul Williamsen will retire at the end of this school year. Debra Lynker currently serves as Northville’s interim superintendent; former Superintendent Kathy Dougherty retired last spring.

“Both boards saw the wisdom of a shared superintendent as they work through the merger process. Once settled, they will have a much clearer view of the future and their leadership needs,” Michel said in the release.

The Mayfield and Northville school districts have been considering a merger since 2010. Northville residents rejected an advisory referendum, or straw vote, in September. Voters in Mayfield passed the referendum; however, the support of residents in both districts was required to bring the merger proposal forward to a binding vote.

In response to community petitions, the release said, the Northville board unanimously passed a resolution to revisit the merger straw vote at their April 23 meeting. The resolution was ratified by the state Education Department and a June 25 date set for the revote. If passed, a second binding vote must be held before the merger can be finalized.