South Lyon Schools Featured on AASA Website

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Alexandria, VA., June 28, 2012 – South Lyon (Mich.) Community Schools’ (SLCS) innovative process for hiring new teachers is highlighted this month as a success story on the American Association of School Administrators’ (AASA) web site. Rapid student population growth, limited resources, and new demands for higher standards forced the district’s leaders to be creative in the search for, and hiring of, new teaching talent.

“We are who we hire, and we are who we keep,” said Bill Pearson, the district’s superintendent.
Of the nearly 200 teachers hired under the new plan in recent years, 95 percent have remained with the district. A description of the challenge SLCS faced and the solution that the school district crafted can be found at

“Success Stories” is a regular feature of the AASA website. Stories and pictures from school districts across the country that have faced unusual challenges can be found at

“It is important that we showcase the many districts across the country that are doing a first-rate job educating our students,” said Daniel A. Domenech about the site. “We need to recognize the good work that school leaders are doing, and, at the same time, this is a great way for us to learn from each other. This is virtual networking.”

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