September 22, 2014

Kroczaleski welcomed by SSC staff and community

By James Kuch
News Editor | news@arenacindependent.com
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STANDISH — There is nothing like a warm welcome.

Parents, school district employees and community members had the opportunity to meet new Standish-Sterling Community Schools Superintendent Darren Kroczaleski at a meet and greet on Wednesday, Sept. 28.

Kroczaleski said the event was a good way to start his new position, which he began Sept. 19.

“This is a good way to meet some folks that I am not familiar with,” he said. “I have had the opportunity to meet most of the staff here, but not everyone.”

Kroczaleski said he has also begun to take tours of all of the buildings in the district and added that he is already familiar with most of them: his oldest child is a SSC graduate, and his two younger children are currently students in the district.

“One graduated in 2010, one is currently a sophomore and the other is in eighth grade,” he said. “I have seen all the buildings, met with all of the principals and most of the staff. I have not been over to the bus barn yet, that’s about it.”

Omer resident Rita Lundgren said she enjoyed the meet and greet and talking one-on-one with Kroczaleski.

“We talked about the funding that might or might not be available for the school success program that has been here in the past,” she said. “I wanted to talk to him and make sure he knew about it.”

Lundgren said she felt the meet and greet was a laid-back way to meet the new superintendent.

She added that Kroczaleski made a good first impression.

“He is very personable,” she said. “Time will tell on how he is going to do for the district. If people feel like they are heard, that is important. (Kroczaleski) was very attentive to what I was saying.”

Kroczaleski said he has hit the ground running, and SSCS shares many educational issues with districts all across the state.

“All these districts are sharing the same issues, no matter where you are,” he said. “We’ve got to deal with budget issues and curriculum here. There (are) a lot of things to be done.”

Kroczaleski said he feels his experience at Pinconning Area Schools will aid him as he begins his new journey at SSCS.

“Fortunately, I have been doing this for nine years, and I understand all of the basic issues as far as the big picture at the state level,” he said. “My learning curve is going to be dealing with the systems and policies that are already in place here currently, and evaluate and assess them as I come to them.”

Kroczaleski said he will continue to grow and do the best he can in his new position.

“I want to utilize all of my resources, maximize them, and help this district reach its full potential,” he said.

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