Former Anderson principal named superintendent

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SOUTHGATE — Officially Leslie Hainrihar will begin training this spring for her new responsibilities as superintendent of Southgate Community Schools. In other ways the lifelong educator has been ready for a job like this for years, including her time as principal of Anderson High School.

Supt. William Grusecki will step down from his position June 30, the end of the 2013-14 school year, and said that last week Hainrihar’s contract was approved by the board of education.

“She did an outstanding job at Anderson,” Grusecki said. “I’m excited to leave the district in her capable hands.”

Grusecki announced in October his decision to retire this year, and last month the board interviewed two finalists for the position: Hainrihar and current Anderson Principal Michelle Baker-Herring.

Hainrihar spent three years at Anderson beginning in 2009. The University of Michigan and Western Michigan University graduate also had served as an administrator with Portage Public Schools, Paw Paw Public Schools and as a teacher with Three Rivers Community Schools. Hainrihar has also served as at-risk counselor and teenage parent program coordinator.

After spring recess, Grusecki said Hainrihar will meet with district administrators and educators in preparation for the 2014-15 academic year.

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