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Simeck Named Superintendent of Lake Forest School Districts 115, 67

Has served as superintendent of two Michigan school districts.

and have chosen Michael Simeck as superintendent for both school districts, effective July 1.

Simeck will succeed Harry Griffith, who is retiring at the end of the current school year. He has been superintendent for the Berkley School District in Oak Park, Mich. since 2007, and previously served as superintendent in Dansville, Mich. from 2003 to 2007.

"I am very pleased and eager to become superintendent of District 67 and Lake Forest High School," Simeck said. "It is evident the communities support and value exemplary education. I look forward to working with all stakeholders to make Lake Forest Schools’ future even brighter.”

Simeck was selected using a collaborative interviewing process involving parents, teachers, staff, administration, community and school board members representing both districts.

Final candidates were identified from a group of 100 individuals. The two school district Boards of Education interviewed six candidates and four finalists were presented to staff and community representatives.

“The collaborative process works," Lake Forest High School Board of Education President Sharon Golan said. "During an extensive interview process, involving over 50 staff, parents and community members, we were able to identify a new superintendent who reflects important characteristics defined by all. We look forward to welcoming Michael to our school community.”

Simeck received a bachelor's and master's degree from Eastern Michigan University, the latter in educational leadership, and is completing his doctorate in educational administration at Michigan State. He was selected to participate in the Fulbright Administrative Exchange in Peterborough, England, served as a Fulbright English Assistant, was awarded a Goethe Institute Scholarship and grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

“We are pleased to present to our school communities an experienced leader who will serve within the current shared services model. Michael’s commitment to being a reflective leader will serve our communities well and the continuation of shared services will ensure the educational and financial benefits to our constituents,” said Julia Wold, District 67 Board of Education president.

Simeck and his wife, Mari, have three children, Gabrielle (sophomore), Max (eighth grade), and Lilia (fourth grade). Mari Simeck is also a Fulbright Scholar and spent a full year in Paris as part of a Teacher Exchange Program.

The district will host receptions in the spring to offer the school community an opportunity to meet Simeck.

LAKE BLUFFER DUFFER February 15, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Thank goodness and finally no more bozo.
George February 15, 2012 at 04:03 PM
What will be his salary and retirement benefits? Shouldn't that have been included in the article? We have overpaid for years, and the results have not equaled the pay.
Jim Powers February 15, 2012 at 08:02 PM
Hi George. Thanks for your question. That will be part of subsequent articles. Thanks.
Kurt H February 16, 2012 at 01:16 PM
The community in Berkley was divided by Simeck during a bond proposal that was way out of whack. Had it been passed we would have seen a continual increase in our property taxes even though out state taxable values have continued to drop. After the bond issue was defeated there wasa poll that showed one of the biggest concerns by residents was Schools of Choice... we felt that it was not right that residents would have to shoulder so much of the cost in what was seen as a move to allow the district to bring in larger numbers of out of district students. Schools of Choice pays for the education part of a child's education but not the use of the buildings so the extra wear and tear or new bigger buildings to handle increased capacity would have to be shouldered by the Residents who pay the increased millages. So to show how in touch with the Residents Simeck is he follows up that defeat with a proposal to bypass the Berkley School Districts current restrictions on Schools of Choice (we only admit kids in grades k-5th) He wanted to bypass it with a scholor program admitting x number of 9th graders into the district. Thankfully it was turned down by our previous Board of Education. Guess what a year later with some new Board Members he is asking to re-vote on the same proposal. Even though residents have said they would like to see further limits on Schools of Choice he continues to want to increase the Districts reliance on out of district students. Good Luck with Simeck
Angela Tolly February 27, 2012 at 01:40 AM
I thought Mr. Simeck did a decent job as superintendent of the Berkley School District. He put into place new literacy initiatives at the elementary level, along with some technology upgrades. Unfortunately, we need additional revenue ( a bond proposal that didn't pass) in order to become a more progressive and competitive school district. Our buildings are 60 + years old and need major renovating, along with updated technology capabilities in all buildings. Hopefully that will happen in the near future under new leadership. I understand that many of the residents of the Lake Forest district were unhappy about the lucrative 300,000 + retirement package given to Dr. Griffith, which is being paid by tax payer dollars. I have read in other blog posts that Mr. Simeck will be receiving a 250,000.00 salary, a $500.00 monthly car allowance, 750,000.00 insurance policy and other perks. Sounds like another hefty compensation package that the taxpayers will have to foot.

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