– By Elaine West –
Following public interviews with the top three candidates on Jan. 8 and 9, the Beaver Island Community School Board of Education has announced the selection of the new Superintendent/Principal. Riley Justis, currently a Curriculum and Technology Administrator at Hope Academy Schools in Detroit, was board’s unanimous choice for the duel position.
“Riley’s enthusiasm for education as well as Beaver Island was very evident to the entire board during his interview, said School Board President Jessica Anderson. “We liked his interpretation of effective teaching and learning, and feel that he will be a great leader of our school. We also liked that he will be focused on improving our already high achieving school through a student centric learning model.”
Along with the School Board, about 20 others – a mixture of community members, school staff and students – attended the interviews. Board members asked each candidate a series of prepared questions and also invited the public to submit questions. The candidates were also invited to make inquires of the board and to make a final statement on their qualifications and interests in the position.
Justis was born and raised in Petoskey, MI and other Beaver Island connections included his father and uncle both serving as Island township attorney in the past. Justis said he had frequently visited the Island and on the day of the interviews had brought along his wife, daughter, and in-laws.
“I’m not just looking for a school, a job, but a community,” said Justis. “This position is a good fit for me professionally and my family. We enjoy this life-style. We’ve lived this life-style… We’ve lived through February,” he said with a smile.
The entire article on the new Principal/Superintendent at BICS will appear in the upcoming Feb. issue of NorthernIslander.