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APS prepares to transition as superintendent considers new job offer

ALPENA, Mich. — Last week, we reported that Alpena Public Schools’ Superintendent John VanWagoner received an offer to take on a new role in Traverse City.

Pending successful contract negotiations, VanWagoner has agreed to take the position as Superintendent of Traverse City Area Public Schools. APS is preparing for his departure as early as mid–July.

APS Board of Education President, Gordon Snow, says if VanWagoner does leave the district, an interim superintendent will step in until the position is filled permanently. Funds obtained through this year’s bond sale will still go toward keeping kids safe, warm and dry.

We reached out to the superintendent, but he was unavailable for a comment. In a press release, however, VanWagoner says for the remainder of his time here, he’s committed to honoring the community that has treated him and his family so well over the years. Board President, Snow says he has a plan in place to make the transition a smooth one.

“If he ends up going to TCAPS it’ll give him a chance to continue to use the skills that he has and he will certainly make an impression over there as positive as his impression has been here. We, of course, have our work cut out for us.

That includes hiring a firm to oversee the search for a new superintendent, and holding a number of public meetings throughout the summer to determine the best candidate.

Snow says he is hoping to have the position filled by early to mid-August.