From left, Chippewa Valley Schools Superintendent Ron Roberts, Seneca Middle School Principal Nicole Faehner and Chippewa Valley Schools Board of Education President Beth Pyden stand together. On April 15, Faehner was appointed director of state and federal programs and outreach.

From left, Chippewa Valley Schools Superintendent Ron Roberts, Seneca Middle School Principal Nicole Faehner and Chippewa Valley Schools Board of Education President Beth Pyden stand together. On April 15, Faehner was appointed director of state and federal programs and outreach.

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Personnel transactions highlight CVS meeting

Brosky named assistant superintendent for educational services

By: Alex Szwarc | C&G Newspapers | Published April 23, 2019

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The April 15 Chippewa Valley Schools Board of Education meeting featured a few personnel transactions.

Suzanne Spurr, a Chippewa Valley High School guidance counselor, was honored for 40 years of service in the district. She is retiring after this school year.

She described to the board how she was hired in 1979.

“I got out the phonebook and sent a resume and cover letter to every district within 30 miles of my parents’ home,” she said. “When I got a call from Chippewa Valley, I remember thinking what is Chippewa Valley, where are they and did I really apply there?”

She began her teaching career in the Spanish department, where she worked for eight years and has been a counselor for the last 32 years.

Dan Lawrence, who works with Spurr in the guidance office as a counselor, said people often call Spurr when they encounter students with “serious issues,” looking for help.

“That student gets help,” he said. “She is very soft-spoken, very polite, kind and generous. She spans generations and has taught so many of us. It’s really difficult to see how we’re going to get past this.”

Don Brosky, executive director for elementary education, was named the assistant superintendent of educational services.

Chippewa Valley Schools Superintendent Ron Roberts said Brosky isn’t afraid to say what he thinks, which he views as an important quality.

Brosky will replace Ed Skiba, who is retiring in June. Skiba has worked 29 years at the district.   

“I’d like to express my gratitude to Mr. Skiba for providing leadership to the educational services department,” Brosky said. “He is a mentor to me and a leader throughout the district.”

Brosky began his career in Chippewa Valley Schools in 2001 as the principal of Ottawa Elementary School. He served as the principal of Cheyenne Elementary School for 10 years before being promoted to his current position in 2014.

Nicole Faehner, Seneca Middle School principal, was appointed director of state and federal programs and outreach.

“We’re really excited to have Nicole fill this position,” Roberts said. “We decided we need to expand this position from what we currently do. Nicole brings a unique skill set. She’s extremely organized, driven and works well with people.”

She taught at Dakota High School during the 2005-06 school year and has held several leadership positions throughout the school district since. Faehner will replace Scott Pitts, who is retiring.

“I’m extremely grateful for many wonderful people — staff and students from Chippewa Valley Schools —who have blessed my life,” Faehner said. “I’m excited to begin my new position and help our current and future students in a new way.”

The board also approved a resolution in support of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s school budget proposal for the 2019-20 school year.

The resolution states Whitmer has released the proposed budget that reflects the working recommendations of the adequacy studies and represents an historic investment in schools across Michigan.

Roberts said Whitmer is proposing a $180 increase per student.

The board’s next meeting is April 29 at 6:30 p.m. at Dakota High School, 21051 21 Mile Road in Macomb Township.

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