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Northville School Principal's Contract Up For Review

Silver Springs Principal Scott Snyder's contract will not be automatically renewed.

Northville's school board voted last week 6-1 not to automatically renew the contract of principal Scott Snyder for the 2012-13 school year.

It is unclear what prompted the decision to reconsider the terms of Snyder's contract, which would have otherwise been automatically renewed. The board's decision was reached following a closed session meeting which lasted more than an hour.

The reason given was to "consider the dismissal, suspension, or disciplining of, or hear complaints or charges brought against a public officer, employee, staff member or individual when the person requests a closed hearing." The reasons were stated in an April 18 memorandum from Superintendent Mary Kay Gallagher.

Gallagher said in an interview that the district's collective bargaining agreement – which was reached last year with the Northville Association of School Administrators, the union which represents school principals – allows for a principal to meet with the board in closed session.

She had no further comment on the decision, except to say that it does not mean that it won't eventually be extended but that it just won't be automatically extended. It is not clear what the decision will mean for Snyder.

School board president Dottie Garrity said that such meetings with administrators and the board are unusual. During her four years on the board, no other such request has come before the school board.

Snyder has been with the district for eight years.

"I love working for Silver Springs Elementary and Northville Public Schools," he said, adding that he had no additional comment on the board's decision.

Patty May 02, 2012 at 11:23 AM
Mr Synder is an amazing principal. I cannot imagine what prompted this. If this extension does not go through, Silver Springs will have alot of really sad kiddos and some really angry parents!!
Julie Sherman May 02, 2012 at 11:26 PM
This article comes as a great surprise and losing Mr. Snyder would be a tragedy to Sulver Springs Elementary. His leadership cannot be matched !! He has more enthusiasm and compassion for education and children than anyone I have ever met. We have known him for four years now and we have another 6 years to go at Sulver Springs elementary..... This is an unacceptable option for our family. This MUST be reconsidered and amended at once!!!
Liza Esqueda May 03, 2012 at 01:35 AM
Mr, Snyder has been an outstanding principal amd leader. I am shocked to learn his contract may not be renewed. He is a perfect fit for our school and our children. We would be hard pressed to find anyone with the same dedication and enthusiasm not only for our children, but also doe our families, our community amd school district.
Michelle todorov May 03, 2012 at 01:54 AM
I am truly saddened by this information! In the six years that our children have attended Silver Springs, we have only seen improvements. The school has a warm, friendly, family feel to it and that is a direct result of the leadership within the building. Scott Snyder has gone out of his way to be approachable, professional, yet friendly to every family he meets. I don't know what went on behind closed doors, but if Silver Springs loses Mr. Snyder, we will have lost a great asset!!
Vitor Imbuzeiro May 03, 2012 at 02:12 AM
My family has had 4 wonderful years under Mr. Snyder's leadership and we still have 7 more to come. We are shocked about the idea of his contract not being automaticaly renewed. The only reason I could imagine for him to leave Silver Springs Elementary would be if they find a way to promote him. If the Board of Education really wants to know how good he is for our school, they are more than welcome to come and ask the parents, teachers and students.
Jeanna Van Arnam May 03, 2012 at 02:30 AM
Words can't even begin to explain the loss to the Silver Springs community if Mr. Snyder is no longer our principal. Personally he is like a third parent to our boys, especially our youngest. I can't imagine my son's 5th grade year without him. Mr. Snyder is a dedicated, compassionate leader. He is very professional and always approachable. You can even find him outside at recess playing soccer with the kids, not too many principals do that. Silver Springs wouldn't be the same without him. Not renewing his contract is unacceptable !
Erin Rickard May 03, 2012 at 04:34 AM
Principal Snyder is the main reason we love and brag about our children's school. We look forward to catching up with him at all school events and our children look up to him with respect as a role model. He has earned this respect by spending time involving himself with the student body in their school programs, in the hallway greeting them as they pass by, playing on the playground with them, attending all after school functions, caring about making learning fun and interesting so his students want to learn, getting involved in school initiative goals, and addressing the students with respect at all times. He shows great pride in their individual learning and achievement as well as the Silver Springs educational environment and diverse enrichment programs. He is always friendly and welcoming, encouraging parent and family involvement and shows a sincere desire for Silver Springs to reach the highest of academic achievements. I agree with all of the comments above mine as well supporting Mr Snyder!!
Kim Martin May 03, 2012 at 05:47 PM
As a parent of 4 kids in the district, 3 of which are at Silver Springs, I am outraged that our princiipal's contract would not be renewed and we are not given any facts as to why that is happening. Mr. Snyder has been an exceptional leader who has made Silver Springs a great school. He is in involved in all school functions and all the students and parents can see how much he cares about them and their well being. I wholeheartedly trust that my kids are being nurtured and safely cared for every day at Silver Springs, not just by Mr. Snyder but by all the staff members. This district will lose a valuable employee if he does not return next year. I hope the board takes into account the opinions of all the parents of students at Silver Springs before they make their decision.
Laura Budweg May 03, 2012 at 11:35 PM
It is sad that the improvents made at Silver Springs are being overlooked with this decision. Mr. Snyder is a charasmatic, enthusiastic, compassionate and engaged leader at Silver Springs. He knows EVERY student by name - all 472 of them and I'm pretty sure he knows all/most of their parents by name too. He is frequently outside to greet kids off the buses in the morning - even in the rain. He is at every school event and engaging with every family. He resolves conflicts well and is always professional. He has kept a very positive attitude during these tough economic times and has conveyed that to parents. Our school is thriving!!! I simply cannot believe all the improvements we've seen in just a few years due to the teachers, staff AND Mr. Snyder. His leadership is needed at Silver Springs! In the spirit of Leader in Me, I hope the board seeks to find a win-win solution. Losing Mr. Snyder will negatively affect Silver Springs and Northville School District.
Eric Biondo-Savin May 04, 2012 at 12:36 AM
One of the main reasons Silver Springs elementary is so successful is due to the leadership of Mr. Snyder. In the 4 years we have been at Silver Springs, I have witnessed and been impressed by his leadership, integrity and character. These are qualities I want my children to emulate and I can think of no better person for this position.
Angela May 07, 2012 at 08:12 PM
I agree with all of the statements above regarding Mr. Synder and his leadership as an adminstrator. I can't understand how a principal of such great attributes could be singled out with no explaination to the 500 families that attend the school. The leader in me program and the constant reinforcement of building leadership and character is what Mr. Synder along with all the Silver Springs staff represent. This decision comes as a big surprise to many as I have never in the 6 years of our children attending Northville Public Schools ever heard one negative comment about Mr. Synder. As a matter of fact it is on the contrary where parents and teachers from other schools praise Mr. Synder and his commitment and passion for all the kids at Silver Springs. Silver Springs has a social and economic diverse group of families, Mr. Synder and his team have always treated everybody equally, fairly and given more to provide all the kids with the best learning experience and happy positive school enviornment. Mr. Synder goes the extra mile, adds the personable touch that so many schools and communities have lost in their school systems. I am really sad to know that having Mr. Synder as our princpal is in jeapordy and not for any good reason that has been given.
Angela May 07, 2012 at 08:14 PM
I agree with all of the statements above regarding Mr. Synder and his leadership as an administrator. I can't understand how a principal of such great attributes could be singled out with no explanation to the 500 families that attend the school. The leader in me program and the constant reinforcement of building leadership and character is what Mr. Synder along with all the Silver Springs staff represent. This decision comes as a big surprise to many as I have never in the 6 years of our children attending Northville Public Schools ever heard one negative comment about Mr. Synder. As a matter of fact it is on the contrary where parents and teachers from other schools praise Mr. Synder and his commitment and passion for all the kids at Silver Springs. Silver Springs has a social and economic diverse group of families, Mr. Synder and his team have always treated everybody equally, fairly and given more to provide all the kids with the best learning experience and happy positive school environment. Mr. Synder goes the extra mile, adds the personable touch that so many schools and communities have lost in their school systems. I am really sad to know that having Mr. Synder as our principal is in jeopardy and not for any good reason that has been given.
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Elizabeth May 12, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Mr. Snyder is one of the best and most dynamic parts of Silver Springs. He goes beyond global academic proficiency, to implemention of Leader in Me and character education...all while playing soccer with the kids during recess. Whatever the reasons for the closed door session, I hope the board will remember that Mr. Snyder will not be easily replaced.
LeAnne Stevens June 03, 2012 at 03:04 AM
My son spent four years under the tutelage of Mr. Snyder before moving to another Northville elementary school. Although the other school is often touted for innovative programs, it is Silver Springs, under the leadership of Scott Snyder, that is a school that is nurturing, inviting and welcoming. Scott cared about the students academic development as well as their character development. I believe that he does know the names of each of his students (and that includes the alumni of the school under his watch) as well as most of the names of the parents. He is always available to discuss issues with parents and follows up after discussions. The Northville Public Schools would lose a tremendous asset if they do not renew Mr. Snyder's contract.
Connie Randall June 19, 2012 at 02:53 AM
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