Klumpp named interim MOISD superintendent

Mark Klumpp works at his computer as he balances the interim and assistant superintendent of the Mecosta-Osceola Intermediate School District. (Herald Review photo/Meghan Haas)

Mark Klumpp works at his computer as he balances the interim and assistant superintendent of the Mecosta-Osceola Intermediate School District. (Herald Review photo/Meghan Haas)

BIG RAPIDS — With school back in full swing, families may have the opportunity to meet the new person at the helm of the hedgehog nation, also known as the Mecosta-Osceola Intermediate School District.

After previous MOISD Superintendent Curtis Finch took on a position in Arizona, the ISD’s Board of Education named Mark Klumpp as the interim while it searches for the next person to lead the district.

Currently, Klumpp acts as the school’s interim and assistant superintendent.

“The workload is doubled, but the support staff has stepped up and we were able to move on without missing a beat,” he said about taking on both positions. “We had a successful start of the school year.”

Klumpp said the positions are distinctly separate but not impossible to work at the same time, as long as he works a few nights and weekends to stay caught up. The biggest reward to the interim position is working with more people, he said.

“I get to see the ISD board and staff work together to ensure success,” he said. “I couldn’t do this without Mary Ann Mendenhall (executive secretary). She has been helping me out tremendously.”

The MOISD’s Board of Education recently took action to work with the Michigan Association of School Boards in filling the superintendent position, and will soon set a timeline for its search. Klumpp said he is interested in the position.

“Dr. Finch left us in good shape, with a solid foundation to be able to make a smooth transition,” he said.

When not walking the halls of the MOISD, Klumpp enjoys golfing, bowling, spending time with his girlfriend and dogs and taking pictures of sunrises and sunsets at his Canadian Lakes home. He also enjoys watching Ferris State University and Michigan State University sports.

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Posted by Meghan Gunther-Haas

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