By Blake Froling
Ingham County Chronicle
The Ingham Intermediate School District has selected Dr. Scott Koenigsknecht to be the new superintendent. He will begin work July 1 after the retirement of current superintendent Stanley Kogut Jr.
“I’m very excited and eager and honored to be selected as the next superintendent of Ingham ISD,” said Koenigsknecht. “They have an excellent reputation throughout the state for the services they provide to the 12 local school districts and public school academies that they serve. I am honored to be chosen and excited to get started.”
Koenigsknecht was the superintendent for Montcalm County ISD for the past eight years. He also served as a local superintendent for six years prior to holding that position.
“I do believe the board picked the right person,” said Kogut. “He’s been ISD superintendent, he’s been a local superintendent and he’s had other experiences, so the process was very well thought out and went very well for us.”
Koenigsknecht signed a three-year contract that officially begins July 1, but he said he wants to get started two days earlier on Monday, June 29. Retiring Superintendent Kogut held the position since July 2005.
“We picked him I think because of his extensive body of work over the past 14 years in the ISD arena up in Montcalm County and the work that he’s done with the local districts up there,” said Michael Flowers, president of the Ingham Intermediate Board of Education. “He’s progressively increased his knowledge of the business from a legislative standpoint, as well as working with the local districts and his overall perspective on how to handle local ISDs.”
The transition process has already begun for Koenigsknecht. He is using his accumulated vacation time to spend about a half a day per week shadowing at Ingham ISD so he can hit the ground running when he officially starts work.
“Ingham has an excellent reputation throughout the state for providing excellent services,” said Koenigsknecht. “I know it’s a quality organization made up of quality people. A lot of the initiatives that we have undertaken at Montcalm County are very similar to what’s going on at Ingham County, just on a little bit smaller of a scale.
Koenigsknecht graduated from Central Michigan University, where he also earned a doctoral degree in educational leadership. He took the traditional path to becoming superintendent, starting as a teacher and working his way up to assistant principal and then principal.
“It was a very thought-out process,” said Flowers. “We had very good qualified candidates apply for the position. I think every board member did an extensive job at vetting the candidates and we felt like we got the best qualified candidate for the position.”