ROCKFORD, Mich. — After more than 50 years in public education and 32 1/2 years serving as Rockford Public Schools Superintendent, Michael Shibler announced his retirement in June.
Wednesday, Rockford Public Schools announced Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources Korie Wilson-Crawford will step in as interim superintendent.
The Board of Education unanimously approved Shibler’s recommendation to appoint Wilson-Crawford as the district’s interim superintendent effective January 1, 2022.
Wilson-Crawford has served in her current role at Rockford Public Schools since June 2018, and brings with her extensive knowledge and experience in public school administration, according to RPS. In the 17 years leading up to joining RPS, Wilson-Crawford served in both teaching and multiple leadership roles at Greenville Public Schools.
According to Rockford's Board of Education, a letter from Shibler stated he had been considering retirement before the pandemic hit. He believed it was in the school's best interest to oversee the district at the start of the 2021-22 school year.
Because Shibler’s retirement comes mid-school year, the Board determined it would be in the district’s best interest to postpone its search for his replacement to allow potential candidates the opportunity to complete the school year at their established districts.
Shibler plans to retire in December.
You can watch his full announcement here.
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