MAISD superintendent announces retirement

David Sipka (courtesy - Jan. 30, 2014)

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) – Muskegon Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) Superintendent David Sipka has announced his retirement effective June 30.

“This is my 41st 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,” Sipka said in a news release.

“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 MAISD Board President Dwight Vines.

Vines added that Sipka is actively involved in the local United Way, Rotary, Chamber of Commerce and Community Foundation.

“Dave is an asset to the community and a passionate advocate for Michigan’s children,” State Sen. Goeff Hansen said. “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.

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