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Saturday, August 16, 2014

NEW GRAND TRAVERSE ACADEMY SUPERINTENDENT NAMED: Susan Wager-Dameron, Former Paw Paw Public Schools' Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Tapped for Superintendent/Secondary Principal Combo Spot

After missing the cut back in May for the Northport superintendent slot, the Traverse City Record-Eagle reported yesterday that Paw Paw Public Schools' Susan Dameron has nabbed a gig with the Grand Traverse Academy as the embattled charter school's new Superintendent/Secondary Principal.

The Record-Eagle quotes Mark Noss, head of Full Spectrum Management, LLC about his new hire: "She has an amazing understanding of our culture ... and just has philosophies and understanding of who we are and will just bring some new insight to a model that is already shown to be successful, and I believe she can only add to that educational model," Noss said.  

The Record-Eagle explained that Dameron's new title will be "superintendent/secondary principal" until school leaders decide whether to fill a vacant principal position, formerly held by Allyson Apsey, who left to take a new job in Zeeland.

Dameron left Kalamazoo's Spring Valley Elementary School in June 2012 to take the Paw Paw position, and the school board approved an annual salary for Dameron at $94,600, plus benefits. Former Grand Traverse Academy Superintendent Kaye Mentley reportedly earned a $95,000 annual salary during the 2013-2014 school year. 

Dameron has roots in Traverse City, owning an area home with husband David.

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