2013-07-11 / Front Page

Groh set to replace Pistulka at Big Bay

Part-time superintendent position filled Monday

COOKS – The Big Bay de Noc School district has a new superintendent. The district’s school board made their selection official during their July 8 regular board meeting.

Manistique resident Ken Groh will replace Bill Pistulka, who resigned earlier this year to concentrate on his position as Charter Schools Officer at Northern Michigan University. Pistulka had split his time between his superintendent and NMU position for the past three years.

The superintendent position will remain part-time, and Pistulka will remain interim superintendent through the month of July. Groh will take the helm on Aug. 1, prior to the commencement of the new school year.

Groh has long had ties to the area, maintaining a home on Manistique’s Indian Lake, and serving as the superintendent of Manistique Area Schools from 1995 to 2004. Prior to working for MAS, Groh was superintendent for North Central Area Schools in Powers. Since his retirement from MAS, he has served as interim superintendent in Gladstone, North Central and Baraga schools.

According to a press release from Big Bay de Noc, the board of education is looking forward to the arrival of Groh and anticipating a smooth transition. Groh will work approximately two days at the school each week, but his schedule will be flexible depending on the demands of the job. When not on site, work will be accomplished as needed utilizing technology and the phone.

The release states that the district’s part-time superintendent model has worked effectively for the district since its institution nine years ago, and the board is looking forward continuing the trend with the added experience of Groh.

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