October 25, 2014

Grusecki to take helm as new Arenac Eastern superintendent

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New AE Superintendent Bill Grusecki.
By Jeff Patrus|Staff Writer
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ARENAC COUNTY — The Arenac Eastern School District has tabbed current Tawas High School assistant principal/athletic director Bill Grusecki as its new superintendent.

Grusecki, hired by the board at its Nov. 9 board meeting will replace interim Arenac Eastern Superintendent Patrick Bootz, effective Dec. 21.

He is in the first year of his current job at Tawas High School, but prior to that, Grusecki was the junior high school principal at Tawas for 13 years. Grusecki has also worked for the Hale School District as an assistant principal/athletic director and special education teacher.

He said the opportunity to become a superintendent in the area where he went to high school was one he wanted to pursue.

“Being a superintendent was something I’ve always wanted to try,” Grusecki said. “I think trying it at a small school was a good fit, plus being close to this area was also a good fit.”

As for goals for the district, he said he hopes to keep Arenac Eastern “a strong, viable district,” even with the economic challenges currently facing the district.

“I think they’re fine financially, but juggling the finances will be my primary focus,” said Grusecki, who added that he was introduced to the current Arenac Eastern staff Nov. 16.

Grusecki earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Central Michigan University, a master’s degree in education administration from Saginaw Valley State University, and an educational specialist degree in education administration from SVSU. His wife, Jolene, currently teaches at Tawas High School, and the couple has two daughters: Kayla, a junior at THS, and Amanda, a senior at CMU.

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