Bettin steps into role as Roseville High School principal

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published July 27, 2021

 Jason Bettin is taking over as the new principal of Roseville High School.

Jason Bettin is taking over as the new principal of Roseville High School.

Photo provided by Joe Genest

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ROSEVILLE — Roseville High School has a new hand on the wheel as Jason Bettin takes up the role of the school’s principal.

Bettin is moving from his former role as the principal of Roseville Middle School. He had previously taught at the high school earlier in his career.

“I was principal at Roseville Middle School for six years,” Bettin said. “Before that, I was the principal at Eastland Middle School. From 2010-2014, I was the assistant principal at Roseville Middle School. I started with the district in 2001 as a social studies teacher at Roseville High School.”

Superintendent Mark Blaszkowski said Bettin was by far the best candidate for the job and an important part of the school district.

“Jason Bettin has extensive leadership experience and understands both the educational leadership and management skills it takes to run a school,” he said. “He’s ready and eager to work with the staff to make a difference at the high school, and I have the utmost confidence in his abilities. I am excited to work with him to continue to make our school an integral part of the community.”

Eastland Middle School Principal Monica Gabriel will be becoming the new principal of Roseville Middle School. The school district will be holding interviews for the new Eastland Middle School principal position.

Bettin said he was glad for the chance to return to the high school and is happy he gets to work with students in that age range once more.

“It was another opportunity that I was intrigued in,” he said. “I started my career at the high school, and I have an intrinsic passion to work with high-school-age students. I felt I had the experience from my various roles to take up the responsibilities there.”

He added that his first goals as high school principal will be assessing the state of the school, students and staff, and working to make the high school more involved in the Roseville community.

“My top priority is a lot of listening and learning to see what’s successful here at Roseville High School,” said Bettin. “My main point will be making sure that Roseville High School is a point of pride for the community, whether this is through academics or sports or clubs and other organizations here. I think since we are the only high school in the community, we can be this uniting factor for the whole community that brings everyone together.”

Blaszkowski said he hopes Bettin will help move the high school out of the COVID-19 pandemic and agreed that getting the school more involved in the community should be a priority.

“We want to try to return to some normalcy from the pandemic,” explained Blaszkowski. “I want Mr. Bettin to be involved in our strategic planning process in the fall. As the principal of the school that houses so much of our student population, it’s important he be involved in that process. I want him to work on getting our high school involved in the community.”

Bettin is replacing Dr. Patrick Adams, who retired at the end of the 2020-2021 school year. Adams declined to comment on his retirement or Bettin stepping into the role of principal.

“Dr. Adams has dedicated many years to the education of our youth, and I appreciate his work here at Roseville Community Schools over the last five years, and we wish him the best of luck during his retirement,” Blaszkowski said.

Bettin wants the families of Roseville High School to know that he is ready to work with them and help them move forward.

“I think my message for the community and students and families is that I’m very excited to be here at Roseville High School,” he said. “I’ve dedicated my career to meeting the needs of the kids in this district, and I’m excited for the opportunities being principal at the high school will bring. I want to continue to build on the good work and accomplishments that have been done here.

Blaszkowski said he has the utmost confidence in Bettin and believes that he will be a key figure in future district improvements.

“The high school principal position is a big responsibility, and there’s no better person ready to take on that challenge,” he remarked.

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