Chippewa Valley fills several positions

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published July 1, 2021

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP/MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A couple of hires were recently approved for leadership positions within Chippewa Valley Schools.

Several personnel transactions were approved at the June 21 Chippewa Valley Schools Board of Education meeting.

The board approved hiring Keena Goolsby for the position of director of career technical education. Her start date is July 19. That position was previously held by Claire Brisson, who retired June 30.

Goolsby said at the meeting that it will be an honor and privilege to serve in the position.

She said she is looking forward to bettering partnerships with parents, staff and students.  

“The hiring process is very thorough, and Keena was a pleasure to interview,” District Superintendent Ron Roberts said. “She is knowledgeable with a great attitude.”

Goolsby has worked the last 11 years as a school administrator and previously worked as the program supervisor for CTE in Detroit Public Schools.

Mahlon Williams was hired as an administrator and director of pupil transportation, while Karen Langlands was named administrator and executive director of innovation and learning.

Williams comes to the district from Buchanan, Michigan.

Roberts said Williams has a lot of experience in the private and public sector, having worked for a pair of school entities as the supervisor of transportation.

He said of Williams, a veteran, that if he’s ever met someone who oozes transportation and the challenges and joys of moving people around effectively and safely, it’s him.

Roberts commended the district’s human resources department and educational services department in finding these hires.

Langlands has worked in the district since the late ’90s, with experience in curriculum development and language arts.

“I want to thank my colleagues and Mr. (Walt) Kozlowski, who has been an excellent leader,” Langlands said. “I’m very excited to continue to help move our district forward.”

In August, Kozlowski, the district’s executive director for innovation and learning, will retire.

Other personnel transactions approved at the meeting were for three administrator/instructional technology coordinators. Those positions are filled by Dawn Berendt,  Lauren Krumholz and Jessica Thoel.

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