WISD names Leyshock interim superintendent effective Jan. 1

From the Washtenaw Intermediate School District

The Washtenaw Intermediate School District Board of Education has appointed Richard F. Leyshock as interim superintendent effective Jan. 1, 2011.

Currently the WISD’s assistant superintendent for student services, he will assume the responsibility from Superintendent William Miller who will retire on Dec. 31. The appointment will extend through the end of this school year or until such time that the district hires a new superintendent, according to information from the WISD.

Leyshock has been employed by WISD since 1977. In addition to his current role, he has served as a special education teacher, teacher consultant and special education director.  He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Eastern Michigan University and is a long-time Ypsilanti resident.

“I’m pleased and honored to serve WISD as its interim superintendent,” Leyshock said “And I look forward to advancing the district’s good work.”  Leyshock said he is not a candidate for the superintendency and plans to retire at the end of August.

“We appreciate Mr. Leyshock’s ability and willingness to step into this role.  He’s the perfect person to guide the district during this time,” said WISD Board President Mark VanBogelen.

Along with carrying out the duties of interim superintendent, Leyshock will support the WISD Board as it plans for the leadership transition. The Board will begin interviewing superintendent search firms on Dec. 14.

WISD is a regional, education service agency that works with the school districts and public school academies in Ann Arbor, Chelsea, Dexter, Lincoln, Manchester, Milan, Saline, Whitmore Lake, Willow Run and Ypsilanti.

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