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Mobilize to meet the need

By Taylor Owens

Dec. 27 2021

Retired educator Carl Schoessel officially began his second term as Acting Superintendent of Delton Kellogg Schools on Monday, December 13. He is expected to remain in this position until the start of the next school year, July 1, while the school board seeks a permanent replacement. for Kyle Corlett. Although he officially retired almost 20 years ago, Schoessel said the opportunity to work with students – and to serve his community – continues to bring him back. “When people ask you if you can help them, I think if you can, you should try to help them,” Schoessel said. “I don’t think there is anything for me that compares to working with students or being part of a team that works with students. Corlett has been Delton’s superintendent since the summer of 2017. He has accepted an offer to become superintendent of schools in the Ludington area and this Monday’s board meeting will be his last day with the district. Corlett praised Schoessel’s abilities and his familiarity with the neighborhood. “Carl is amazing,” he said. Members of the Delton Kellogg school board agreed. “It’s nice to have a resource in the community that is already so connected with our district,” said Craig Jenkins, secretary of the board. “I think this will allow us to focus on recruiting a quality candidate. We don’t have to keep Carl. “We look forward to working with him again,” added President Jessica Brandli. “It really makes that transition easier, because we have someone who already knows these buildings. Schoessel has spent the past week with Corlett, along with other administrative staff and department heads, to prepare for the next six months. “It’s not really a new assignment for me because I’ve done it once before,” said Schoessel. “But that was about four and a half, five years ago and a lot has changed.” Schoessel said his first assignment as Delton’s acting superintendent in 2014 was also supposed to last a few months, but he ended up staying for three years. “I really liked and enjoyed it,” Schoessel said. “I wouldn’t have stayed there if I hadn’t really enjoyed it. At the time, school district officials were struggling to find a superintendent due to the district’s poor financial situation, so Schoessel helped resolve the monetary issues they were facing before attempting a second time to hire. an interim. “After a while and everyone working together to resolve the situation, they found themselves on a sound financial footing,” he said. As the district has continued to improve its financial situation in the years since Schoessel took over the reins, the challenge this time around is COVID. “It’s a challenge, as was the financial situation,” said Schoessel. “You can call it a problem or you can call it a challenge and solve it. After spending several days before his official start date familiarizing himself with the staff, Schoessel said he felt confident in their abilities, and in their dedication to the students, to take on the challenge. “They are really good,” said Schoessel. “They care about the students a lot.” He also brings a wealth of experience that he can draw on. Schoessel spent 18 years at Grosse Pointe Public Schools, where he worked as a high school biology teacher and swim coach, before moving into administration. He then moved to the Hastings Area Schools, where he served as Superintendent from 1983 to 2003. After his retirement, he returned to spend another year as Superintendent after the resignation of his successor. Schoessel has also just completed his 17th year as a regional swimming coach. “I like working with young people,” he says. Schoessel is active in several community organizations and currently serves on the boards of directors of Barry County United Way, Hastings Rotary Club, Charlton Park Foundation, Barry Intermediate School District, Pierce Cedar Creek Institute and the Chamber of Commerce of Barry County. “I’m just trying to get involved in community activities,” he said. “It allows me to stay active and to stay involved. I think one of the strengths of these communities, Delton and Hastings, is that they are just wonderful communities where people can live. “If there is a need, something happens to meet that need.

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