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MAISD Superintendent David Sipka to Retire June 30
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MAISD Superintendent David Sipka to Retire June 30

MAISD Superintendent David Sipka to Retire June 30

On January 29, 2014, Muskegon Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) Superintendent David Sipka announced his retirement effective June 30. Sipka said, “This is my forty-first year in education. While my time at the ISD has been both enjoyable and challenging, this feels like the right time to step away and turn my focus to my wife Wendy and our family.”

 According to MAISD Board President Dwight Vines, Sipka’s leadership of the countywide educational service agency is exceptional. “Dave is doing a fine job at the MAISD and is a fierce advocate for the children served through our public schools. The entire Board of Education is extremely pleased with the progress he has made. We especially recognize the positive legislative impact he has had in the three years he has served in this position,” said Vines. Vines added that Sipka is actively involved in the local United Way, Rotary, Chamber of Commerce and Community Foundation.

 State Senator Goeff Hansen said, “Dave is an asset to the community and a passionate advocate for Michigan’s children. I appreciate the opportunity to have worked with him on many issues, including the Promise Zone legislation soon to be signed by the Governor.”

Sipka’s accomplishments include the development of numerous consolidations and collaborations. Under his leadership, the MAISD expanded early childhood offerings, worked closely with local college leaders, expanded the Muskegon Area Career Tech Center facility, and opened the Transition Campus at the HUB for young adults with special needs. During his tenure, the MAISD launched the WAY online learning program for struggling students, and began Early College for high school juniors ready to start college. The MAISD formerly adopted Muskegon Opportunity as a program to prompt students to pursue education after they graduate, and took charge of the annual Student Showcase event. In addition, Sipka led and supported Muskegon Heights Public Schools during its transition to a Public School Academy System. He also established the THRIVE initiative to engage the community in key areas of education that will affect the economic growth of Muskegon County for years to come.

 Sipka has led the countywide regional educational service provider since July 1, 2011, when former Superintendent Dr. Susan Meston retired. Previously he served as superintendent at Montague Area Public Schools since 2007. Prior to that, he was the Assistant Superintendent at Coopersville Area Public Schools for seven years.

 The MAISD provides programs, leadership, and services to 12 local public school districts, four public school academies, and several non-public schools. Its staff members are distributed within five program and service areas including business and finance, career and technical education, technology services, instructional services, and special education/early childhood education. The MAISD operates Wesley School (a centralized special education program for its constituent districts), a career and technical education center, a regional mathematics and science center, Early College, Muskegon Opportunity, and federal Head Start and Early Head Start programs.      

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