School districts in Southeast Oakland gear up for school year – Daily Tribune


While some school districts in Oakland County have already started classes, Royal Oak and others will begin classes on Tuesday while others have already started. Staff changes and infrastructure upgrades have taken place in a number of local schools. MediaNews Group has reached out to local districts to learn more about the building and staff changes marking the 2022 school year. They include:


NEW FACES: Sharida Lewis is the new principal of Royal Oak High School. Kristin Meldrum is the new principal of Royal Oak Middle School. Over the summer, 30 new teachers and support staff were hired for positions across the district.

NEW PLACES/THINGS: Improvements include a new Learning Commons shared space in the Churchill Community Education building and a new track at Royal Oak Middle School. At Northwood Elementary and the Maintenance and Transportation Center, there are new flooring, furniture, improved technology and infrastructure.



NEW FACES: Jack Gitler is the new principal of Rogers Elementary replacing Beth Meacham, who has retired. Carman Smith is the new vice-principal at Anderson Middle School, replacing Jim Cowdrey, who retired.

Shellenbarger (Clawson Public Schools photo)
Shellenbarger (Clawson Public Schools photo)


NEW FACES: Billy Shellenbarger is the new Superintendent replacing Tim Wilson, who has retired. He was the principal of middle and high schools at Clawson. “I plan to tackle this job with all the enthusiasm I can. I love Clawson so much and I’m passionate about the community and the schools,” Shellenbarger said. Kimberly Olson is Clawson’s new Middle and High School Director. served as vice principal and principal of Oakland FlexTech High School in Farmington Hills.

NEW PLACES/THINGS: District projects include new security gates, pool demolition, new speakers and new light fixtures. Thanks to a $55.9 million bond passed by voters last year, the district opened a new middle school wing in June as part of a plan to bring K-12 students together. on a campus. It should be ready by fall 2023.

Goodrum (photo by Ferndale Schools)
Goodrum (photo by Ferndale Schools)


NEW FACES: Bobbie Goodrum is the new superintendent. She had served as the district’s assistant superintendent for diversity, equity, and inclusion and had also served as acting superintendent for Farmington Schools in 2021. Valencia Cade is the district’s new special education supervisor and Michael J. Griffin is the new principal of Ferndale High School.


NEW FACES: Kristy Schlak is the new Director of Human Resources and Corrie Chansler is the new Supervisor of Student Support. Mark Trebonyak is a new security guard at Hazel Park High School and John Callahan is the college’s new head football coach.

NEW PLACES/THINGS: A new Storywalk has been created at United Oaks Elementary School and a sensory garden will be completed by the end of the school year. At the high school, a new gymnasium floor, bathrooms, locker rooms and cafeteria are scheduled to be completed by fall 2023. Superintendent Amy Kruppe has created a podcast and the community engagement committee has been reinstated.


NEW FACES: Patricia Perry is the new Acting Superintendent.

NEW PLACES/THINGS: Students will receive Chromebooks. There is a new roof at Wilkinson Middle School and the Early Years Center. HVAC systems will be replaced and upgraded throughout the district. Madison High School will be renovated through a multi-million dollar bond passed last November.


NEW FACES: Scott Keen is the new Principal of Morse Elementary. Amy Wallace is the new principal of Wattles Elementary. There are three new vice principals – Ross Burdett at Baker Middle School, Patrick Griffin at International Academy East and Megan Henry at Athens High School. There are 31 new teachers in positions across the district.

Lamphere and Oak Park district officials did not respond to a request for information.

The Royal Oak High School Marching Band performs during the college football season opener Sept. 1 against Farmington High School. (PHOTO BY TRIBUNE STAFF)
Students make their way to an inflatable during Royal Oak’s family home night during the home football game opener on September 1. (STAFF PHOTO TRIBUNE)

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