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Gilbertson gets nod for superintendent

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Dan Gilbertson Dan Gilbertson CROSWELL — Dan Gilbertson is prepared to hit the ground running as the new superintendent of schools at Croswell-Lexington.

All that remains to be done is the negotiation of his contract.

The school board unanimously selected the 52- year-old Gilbertson from among three final candidates at its April 11 meeting.

In an email to the News, Gilbertson wrote, “I am incredibly humbled and excited to have the opportunity to serve as Superintendent of the Croswell- Lexington Community School District.”

Gilbertson intends to waste no time in getting acquainted with the Cros-Lex community.

“I plan to hit the ground running on a District/Community listening tour,” he said.

Gilbertson is not a total stranger to the Blue Water and Thumb area, having taught school at Algonac, as well as having served as assistant high school principal in Armada.

Gilbertson comes to Cros-Lex from his current post as Director of Innovative Educational Programs and Strategic Partnerships at Madison District Public Schools in Madison Heights, where he previously served as high school principal and secondary curriculum director.

He stated he is impressed by what he has seen of Cros-Lex thus far, writing, “During my tour of the schools and visiting many classrooms, it became even more evident that the students attending the Cros-Lex district are receiving a solid education with high performing educators in great facilities.”

Gilbertson also noted that the residents he has already met were supportive.

That is confirmed by long-time education activist and vocal Citizens for Change at Cros-Lex member Amy Repp, who said, “Mr. Gilbertson was very personable during our conversation. He had done his homework on our district and was aware of the last year’s events.”

“I was happy to see him as the finalist,” said Repp.

Longtime school board member and past-president Lyle Clarkson, who has worked with about seven superintendents over the last four decades, said of Gilbertson, “We were very impressed. He is knowledgeable, friendly, and has a good, out-going, personality. He did a nice job at the social tea and in the interviews. He presented himself well. I think he will be a good fit.”

Pending the negotiation of his contract, Gilbertson is set to begin work July 1, the day after Interim Superintendent Gary Richard’s contract expires.

Richards has served the district since January, when he succeeded Interim Superintendent Charles Smith, who took over when former Superintendent Julie Western resigned last summer in a cloud of controversy over what many believe were the forced resignations of three of the districts five principals over certification problems.

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