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Superintendent resigns following ‘a very trying time’

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Following a tumultuous few weeks, the Mona Shores School Board accepted the resignation of superintendent Greg Helmer at Monday’s meeting, which was held at Ross Park Elementary.

School board President Stan Miller read a statement to the approximately 90 community members, staff members and other attendees after the announcement of Helmer’s resignation.

“Greg has always told the Board that if for whatever reason he believes that he cannot lead the district in a highly effective manner, he would step down,” Miller said. “After much thought and reflection, Greg believes that he has reached that point at Mona Shores. Greg has a passion for education and drive for continuous improvement that will serve him well in whatever lies ahead. We wish Greg the best and understand that he wishes the same for Mona Shores.”

Shortly after Miller’s statement a few people in the crowd clapped in favor of his resignation. After this, the Board along with Bill O’Brien, the district’s director of curriculum/instruction/assessment, went into a closed session meeting for about an hour.

Following this closed session, Miller moved to name O’Brien as acting superintendent of Mona Shores, pending further discussion.

“I will offer as discussion that Mr. O’Brien has been a rock throughout this process,” Miller said. “His steadiness, his trustworthiness, his reliability and his loyalty to the district are what prompted me to make that motion and that is what gives me high confidence in this decision.”

Additionally, members of the public were invited to address the board through public comments.

Former teacher and coach Mike Mack spoke to commend the board in their decision.

“First of all, I commend the Board for your perseverance to deal with this. Not one of you up there signed up for anything like this,” Mack said. “You did what was right for everybody, our staff, our students, and our district. It’s not easy, so I commend you. Second of all, you can’t get much better than Bill O’Brien. He’s a good friend, I’ve known him for a long time and everything that Stan says is true, so thank you.”

High school English teacher Jolynn Walek also praised the board for their decision, which has given her the opportunity to send her own two sons, who are currently enrolled in the Spring Lake District, to Mona Shores.

“Tonight my sentiments are very simple, thank you. I would like to thank each of you for your bravery and your dedication to upholding our district to the highest standards especially including those words in our mission statement regarding building character,” Walek said. “Thank you for making the right but undoubtedly painful and excruciating decision that you made your decisions and commitments to moving this community forward, and in honest, transparent and integrity-filled way pushes me to want to raise my sons in an environment where I know they will learn those same values. I commend you and I stand with you as we rebuild the time-honored excellence of Mona Shores Public Schools. Thank you for the strength and courage you demonstrated.”

Walek’s remarks were carried on by a sea of applause throughout the audience.

 

View the full investigation report here:

Mona Shores Investigative Findings Report for FOIA 10.23.17

 

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