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Berkley Schools Superintendent Resigns Effective July 1

Michael Simeck announces he's leaving for the superintendent position in Lake Forest, IL.

Berkley Schools Superintendent Michael Simeck announced Tuesday that he will be leaving the district for a similar position in Lake Forest, IL, effective July 1.

In an email message sent to parents, Simeck said he felt the five years he was with Berkley Schools have "been incredible and taught me much about the benefits of involving others, active listening, and sincere response."

Simeck said the new position in Lake Forest – for  and  – is a very good match professionally and a "significant opportunity for us as a family." 

Simeck has been superintendent of the Berkley School District since 2007, and previously served as superintendent in Dansville, MI, from 2003-07.

"I am very pleased and eager to become superintendent of District 67 and Lake Forest High School," Simeck said in a report on . "It is evident the communities support and value exemplary education. I look forward to working with all stakeholders to make Lake Forest Schools’ future even brighter.”

Mitchell Moses, who has served on the Board of Education since July, said Simeck will be missed.

"During my limited time on the Berkley School Board I've had the opportunity to observe Mike's excellent leadership skills and vision that have helped keep the Berkley School district one of the strongest in the area. Mike will certainly be missed," he said. "It's now the job of the Board of Education to find the best leader/visionary to continue the work to help keep Berkley Schools a top program. We hope to finalize those plans very soon."ll 

Calls and emails to Simeck for further comment have not been returned.

As for why Lake Forest chose Simeck: “Michael’s commitment to being a reflective leader will serve our communities well and the continuation of shared services will ensure the educational and financial benefits to our constituents,” Julia Wold, District 67 Board of Education president, said in a press release.

Come back to Berkley Patch for updates.

Conny February 14, 2012 at 08:21 PM
It's a great loss to the district and community, but it's truly Lake Forest's gain. Mike and his tremendous leadership will be truly missed.
Bridget February 14, 2012 at 10:32 PM
He has been a great leader through these tumultuous economic times and has had a strong voice advocating for Berkley Public Schools and Public Schools in general. I'm sad to have learned this news. He has big shoes to fill.
Bill S February 15, 2012 at 12:00 PM
He will be missed but wish he and his family well.
Angela Tolly February 27, 2012 at 12:46 AM
I don't blame Mr. Simeck for leaving...it would be difficult to pass down a $250, 000.00 salary compared to 169,000.00, a $500.00 monthly car allowance, and a significant life insurance policy. Sounds like a wonderful opportunity. I wish him well. http://lakeforest.patch.com/blog_posts/part-2-might-new-lake-forest-superintendent-be-a-clone-of-griffith
Greg Thrasher March 20, 2012 at 02:15 PM
During my advocacy and activism to end the academic achievement gap in Oakland School Districts I encountered many superintendents Michael was one of the best. I admired his sincerity and focus on what happen in the classroom. I wish Mike and family good times.
Ye'Cart Rolyart March 25, 2012 at 01:30 AM
I really liked this superintendent. He has a special gift. Many wise people that truly care about children are leaving Michigan's Public School Systems.

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