2018-05-20 / News

Chesaning Union Schools announce staff changes, tenure approvals

By Jeanne Marcello
Staff Reporter

CHESANING – During the May 14 school board meeting, Chesaning Union Schools Superintendent Mike McGough announced staff changes, as well as eight teachers who were approved for tenure.

Big Rock Elementary School Principal Jill Nieman has decided that she wants to return to the classroom to teach before she retires.

Nieman said, “I will be returning to the classroom next September. I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to be the principal at Big Rock Elementary School. I loved my time here, and together, the staff and I have made some pretty big changes. We’ve made positive changes to our culture, student safety, and to supports for our struggling students. I am very proud of all of these accomplishments, and feel my staff is strong and will continue the work we started together. We are the top school in the county right now, and I am very proud of that.”

“I will miss the students at Big Rock immensely. There is nothing like 50 hugs every morning to start your day. However, I have missed being in the classroom. Those moments when a student finally grasps a new concept is why I love being a teacher. Knowing that you played a small part in someone achieving, or even surpassing what they thought they could accomplish, is the ultimate in job satisfaction. It is for this reason that I have chosen to return to the classroom,” she said.

Assistant Principal Karla Parker will be stepping up to serve as the new principal at Big Rock.

As a result of Parker’s promotion, a special education position opens up. McGough explained that the school district may contract the special education position through the Saginaw Intermediate School District (ISD). He explained that the Saginaw ISD can get federal reimbursement for special education; by going through the ISD Chesaning Union Schools could save money.

Athletic Director Robert Sager also decided to return to the classroom this fall. Sager told the Citizen, “This was a difficult decision, to step down as the athletic director. But I have been missing too many of my kids’ events and family is very important to me. My sons are growing up quickly and I only have one opportunity to watch them grow. It has been a great five years and I am very grateful for the opportunity to serve as the athletic director. Now I am very excited for the opportunity to head back to the classroom.” Sager will be teaching four classes to round out his schedule for full time. McGough said, “We’re working to separate the parks and recreation position from the athletic director position.” He also indicated that Chesaning High School Principal Kim Vincke has asked for an assistant principal/athletic director.

“We’re also working on teacher staffing for next year. We had two other teachers resign. I’m looking to absorb those rather than hiring new people,” McGough said.

The school board accepted the resignation of Mary Wood. Vincke said Wood has done a really nice job at the high school.

The board also accepted the resignation of Nathaniel Smith, who was offered a full-pay teaching job while he earns his doctorate.

Vincke said, “He’s definitely a top teacher. It’s a big loss, but a great opportunity for him.”

Jessica Reager has asked to extend her child care leave for another year. The school board approved.

The school board granted tenure to the following teachers at Chesaning Union Schools: Mary Beningo, Miranda Volk, John Mimranek, Liz Tomac, Carrie Dempsey, Andrea Bitterman, Julia Sadilek and Christl Zachar.

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