Tim Throne has delayed his retirement from Oxford Community Schools,
The superintendent announced Monday that he would not be leaving in January as planned. A search for a replacement was underway when a 15-year-old sophomore brought in a newly purchased handgun and opened fire in a hallway at Oxford high school.
Four students died and six others were injured, along with a teacher, in the massacre.
Throne was due to leave the district on January 21, 2022.
A special session of the Education Council is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 15 to continue the search for a new superintendent. According to the district’s website, the meeting will include an overview of the candidates and the committee’s determination of which candidates to interview, as well as preparations for the first round interviews which are scheduled to begin on January 3. It is not certain that Throne’s announcement will impact the research timeline.
According to his LinkedIn page, Throne started with the District in August 2000, promoted to Superintendent in May 2015. Other positions included Director of Technology, Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives and Technology, and then Deputy Superintendent for nearly a year. before taking the best corner.
Prior to coming to Oxford, he worked at the Riverside Beaver County School District – near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – as an IT Services Coordinator.
For now, his plans to leave the neighborhood are on hold.
âOver the past few days, I have discussed my planned retirement with my family, pastor and board and made the decision to take a break from my planned retirement to avoid adding uncertainty or disruption. extra to our school community, which has suffered so much. a lot, âThrone wrote in a message to the district. âI remain solely focused on responding to this tragedy and I am committed to ensuring that our students, families and staff are fully supported during this difficult time for our community. It’s just not the right time for me to go.
While several criminal investigations are underway, the district has refused an offer from the Michigan attorney general’s office to investigate the actions of school officials before the November 30 shooting.
Law enforcement officials reported that suspected shooter Ethan Crumbley had met with administrators the day before and on the day of the shooting, having first been seen searching for ammunition the day before and then seen with a drawing illustrating violence. The second meeting, hours before the shooting broke out, involved Crumbley’s parents.
Throne said in his memo that his goal is for the district to have a smooth transition to new leadership.
“Over the next few weeks, I will be working with the district administration to ensure a smooth transition and give our school board some more time to complete its search for a superintendent as we continue to heal as a community,” he said in his note.