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Silver Springs Elementary Principal Scott Snyder Resigns Position

Decision by Northville school board to not automatically renew Snyder's contract drew criticism in June by district parents.

Scott Snyder has resigned his position as principal of Silver Springs Elementary School to pursue other career opportunities, according to a letter by Superintendent Mary K. Gallagher.

The resignation came not long after district parents in support of Snyder, whose contract was not automatically renewed by the Northville school board. The board , to not automatically renew the contract. The board did not give a reason for the non-renewal.

In June, about addressed the board in search of answers for the non-renewal of Snyder's contract.

Board member Ken Roth, speaking for the board, said in June that the matter was given great consideration. 

"As to any discussion regarding a specific administrator, or principal or teacher. We respect our teachers and administrators too much to go into specific details regard any personnel or student matter in a public forum," Roth said at the meeting.

Gallagher's letter did not indicate any turmoil between Snyder and administrators or school board members.

"On behalf of the Board and the District, I extend my thanks to Principal Snyder for his years of service to our District and in particular for his commitment of service to Silver Springs Elementary School," Gallagher wrote in the letter to district parents. "I appreciate the devotion of his time, talents and energies to the Silver Springs students and families."

Gallagher said the district will begin its search for another principal "in the next several days."

Full text of Superintendent Mary K. Gallagher's letter:

Dear Silver Springs Parents, Guardians, and Families, 

I hope you are enjoying the waning days and weeks of summer break. We are looking forward to seeing your children at Silver Springs again this fall.  As Superintendent, I am committed to keeping you informed of events affecting your school and thus I am writing to inform you that Mr. Scott Snyder, Principal of Silver Springs Elementary, has informed  the District that he is resigning his position to pursue other opportunities for the coming school year.    

On behalf of the Board and the District, I extend my thanks to Principal Snyder for his years of service to our District and in particular for his commitment of service to Silver Springs Elementary School. I appreciate the devotion of his time, talents and energies to the Silver Springs students and families.

We wish Mr. Snyder well in his future professional endeavors. While Mr. Snyder will be missed, please be assured that Northville Schools is beginning the search process and looks forward to welcoming a new Principal to Silver Springs Elementary.  Further information regarding the search and selection process will be forthcoming in the next several days.  Those who would like the opportunity to provide input regarding the profile and attributes for any successful candidate will have an opportunity to do so.  The position is being posted immediately. While we will extend the search if necessary, it is our hope to have the new principal on board for the start of the school year, or very soon after. 

We will do everything we can to assist the Silver Springs staff, students and community during this transition.  If you have any questions, please call me at your convenience.  I can be reached by phone at 248-344-8440 or by e-mail at GallagMa@northville.k12.mi.us.  You are likewise welcome to contact Mr. David Rodgers, Director of Human Resources at 248-344-4451 or RodgerDa@northville.k12.mi.us

Silver Springs is a tremendous school, with a dedicated staff, a supportive parent community, and great students.  We look forward to your input in the selection process and to continuing the excellence that exemplifies Silver Springs Elementary School and Northville Public Schools.

I extend my best wishes to you and your families in the remaining weeks of summer.

Sincerely,

Mary K. Gallagher

Superintendent

K August 07, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Principal Snyder will truly be missed at Silver Springs Elementary. Parents are questioning why his contract was not automatically renewed, because he is truly a great Principal and human being. He doesn't give up on his students, and helps to make them better individuals. To me it appears beurocracy at it's best (worst). We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.
Patty August 07, 2012 at 12:03 PM
We are heart broken, was a fantastric role model.
Green August 07, 2012 at 08:55 PM
My children & I hear this news with a sad heart. Mr. Snyder was a tremendous asset to the Northville district. We wish him nothing but the best in his future.
Gary Morales August 08, 2012 at 09:02 PM
"Those who would like the opportunity to provide input regarding the profile and attributes for any successful candidate will have an opportunity to do so." I say, make Scott Snyder an offer he can't refuse. WE WANT HIM BACK. PAY HIM WHAT HE IS WORTH!!! I've never met such an inspiring caring leader that brings out the very best in us all - parents and students. This news is great loss to Silver Springs families and Northville. I believe he resigned because the beurocracy failed to grasp or impower his high standards of integrity, character and principles as a human being.
Brian Johnson August 15, 2012 at 02:42 AM
Don't families have a say in this? If something so serious happened that a highly respected and much admired leader in the district felt it necessary to tender his resignation, should there not be more disclosure at some level? It is clear from the letter, that he did not have any other offer on the table. What are they going to tell the Silver Spring student body? The families of Silver Springs have not lost Mr. Snyder due to any egregious breach of duties, otherwise complaints or rumors would have been circulating. If a district wants someone they will do what they can to keep them on board. The cadres of lawyers will find any loophole they can; trust me...I am a reformed teacher. What appalls me is that while the district sinks its teeth into ridding of its so-called baggage, sitting pretty you will find other administrators who fudge data, forge documents, and attempt to apply fundraising (media, soup labels, or pop tops) in very iffy ways, yet no one bats an eye. Clearly, one's stature with colleagues, families, and the community mean very little. In selecting a new principal, you can be sure that the number one quality sought will be willingness to conform and be a "yes person”. Anyone who likes to truly lead by example need not apply.

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