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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.

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.
Nancy Kelsey May 07, 2012 at 11:07 PM
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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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