Bellaire hires downstate administrator as new school superintendent

Linda Gallagher, Contributing Writer

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New Bellaire Public Schools Superintendent and High School Principal Mark Brenton will start his new position on July 1. 


BELLAIRE – The Bellaire Board of Education has hired a Dearborn Heights administrator as its new superintendent and high school principal.

Mark Brenton, a resident of Novi, will begin his new position on July 1. He replaces James Emery, who served as Bellaire Public Schools' superintendent and secondary principal for 12 years.

A graduate of Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science degree in English language arts, a Master of Arts degree in educational psychology and a Specialist of Arts in educational leadership, Brenton is currently employed as an elementary principal for Dearborn Heights School District No. 7.

Brenton has also held positions as elementary principal for Mayville Community Schools, curriculum coordinator at Plymouth-Canton Community Schools, and as an elementary teacher for the Livonia Public and Mount Clemens Community school districts.

In his current position, Brenton implemented Northwest Evaluation Association Measures of Academic Success testing to track student achievement and reduced the number of students not proficient on Michigan Educational Assessment Program, and Michigan Student Test of Education Progress, in both mathematics and reading by 18 percent.

Reached by telephone Monday morning, Brenton said he and his wife, Marrisa, were pleased to be making the move north and will do so with two of their three daughters; Eleanor, who will enter the third grade in Bellaire this fall, and Kathryn, who will be a kindergartner. Their daughter Laurel will remain behind with her mother to finish high school.

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