New staff, administrators and preschool in place at local districts

Linda Gallagher, Contributing Writer

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Emma Eardley, an incoming fourth-grader at Lakeland Elementary in Elk Rapids, attempts to stay dry Tuesday while on her way to school. Students at districts throughout the region and state headed back to the classroom this week to start the 2018/2019 school year. 

Editor’s note: This is the second of a two-part series and covers Alba, Ellsworth, Elk Rapids and North Central Academy school districts. Last week’s story highlighted Bellaire, Mancelona and Central Lake schools.


REGION - Students walked through the doors of schools in the Alba and Ellsworth school districts on Tuesday to discover new teachers, along with athletic and parking improvements in Ellsworth. Additionally, a new principal and interim superintendent are walking the halls in Elk Rapids, while North Central Academy near Alba has rolled out a new Montessori preschool.

Here’s a capsule view of what’s in place at local districts for the new school year:   



Longtime area educator and administrator Tom Ross, who has served as an interim administrator for a number of northern Michigan school districts since his formal retirement, is currently serving as interim superintendent in Elk Rapids, filling the shoes of the departed Steve Prissel, until the school district hires a permanent replacement.

A resident of the Mancelona area, Ross is also a trustee for the Mancelona Board of Education.

Taking over as principal of Cherryland Middle School in Elk Rapids is Josh Haggerty, formerly the principal of Quincy Middle School in Quincy, Michigan. Haggerty replaces Terry Starr, who has taken a position as superintendent of the Kalkaska Public School District.

Also new to Elk Rapids are high school social studies teacher Lauren Malone and high school counselor Samantha Bovee. 



In Alba, students and staff welcomed new high school science teacher Theresa Mohr and new elementary teacher Jan Medford.

"Both of them come to Alba with a great deal of experience in the classroom," said Alba Superintendent Rich Satterlee.

In addition, Alba Public School faculty and staff will continue training in "Love and Logic," a program designed to help teachers minimize classroom distractions, allowing more time for direct instruction.

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