School district superintendent accepts new role in Alpena
Tue, 05/17/2022 - 12:11pm caleb
Justin Gluesing expected to leave Crawford AuSable School District at the end of June after three years of service
Caleb Casey | Managing Editor
Crawford AuSable School District Superintendent Justin Gluesing had plans to return to Alpena sometime in the future, but he didn’t expect the opportunity to arrive so soon.
Gluesing – on Friday, May 13 – said he has accepted the Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District Superintendent position. As of May 13, there were still a few formalities to finalize before the process was complete.
“There’s obviously some work to be done here in the next week or two to move that process forward,” Gluesing said.
Gluesing said his planned start date for the Alpena position is July 1 so his last days as Crawford AuSable School District Superintendent would likely be in late June.
“It’s a very bittersweet moment,” Gluesing said. “My wife and I love being here and love the community. Everyone has made us feel welcome and supported in the three years we’ve been here. It was our long term down the road – we thought many years down the road – plan to transition to our cottage we recently bought. When this opportunity surfaced it made that a near term prospect. This is the only opportunity that would have been professionally and personally interesting enough to pursue. It literally was the one opportunity I felt for me and my family was something I needed to take a hard look at.”
Gluesing said the Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District is similar to the C.O.O.R. Intermediate School District, which provides services to Crawford, Oscoda, Ogemaw, and Roscommon counties. The Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District provides special education and other services for school districts within its boundaries, Gluesing said.
Gluesing said the Crawford AuSable School District Board of Education will have to decide how to conduct the search for the district’s next superintendent; there are several options, including using outside assistance, he said.
Gluesing started as Crawford AuSable School District Superintendent on July 1 of 2019. He moved to Grayling from Alpena. Gluesing said his tenure with the Crawford AuSable School District had “lots of highlights” despite some difficult times as the district has made its way through the COVID-19 pandemic.
“From a district standpoint I’m proud of our staff and community how we’ve navigated COVID,” Gluesing said. “I feel very proud of how our staff and our community have worked through it together.”
Gluesing said the high school and middle school recently won awards, and the community’s approval of the recent $21 million bond proposal for school improvements was “a thing to feel good about.”
Gluesing said he’s excited about the expansion of technology and course offerings in the area.
“It’s exciting to see a renewed focus on the trades and vocational areas,” Gluesing said.
Gluesing said the image of the Grayling High School football stadium being cleared of snow in January to prepare for a home playoff game – necessary because of state regulations in place to battle COVID-19 that forced several adjustments in the 2020-2021 football campaign – sums up the community’s willingness to overcome any obstacle during the pandemic.
“If there’s something that speaks to the strangeness of COVID, that’s it,” Gluesing said. “It just shows the upside down nature of what we’ve had to navigate the past few years.”
Gluesing said it’s been great to see the return of extracurricular events such as sports, musicals, band concerts, choir performances, and robotics competitions.
“These are the things that help establish the culture of the district, a culture of pride and success,” Gluesing said.