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Shawn P. Ryan Officially Hired as Clarkston Community Schools Superintendent

Shawn P. Ryan Officially Hired as Clarkston Community Schools Superintendent

The Clarkston Community Schools Board of Education approved a three-year contract for Mr. Shawn P. Ryan at its regular business meeting Monday, May 14, officially completing the hiring of Mr. Ryan as the district's next superintendent.

Mr. Ryan, who previously served as Clarkston Community Schools' Deputy Superintendent for eight years and most recently as the district's Interim Superintendent, will begin his new post immediately. A seasoned educator with deep experience with the district, Superintendent Ryan has served Clarkston Community Schools for 22 years with increasing responsibility as a teacher and administrator.

The hiring of Mr. Ryan follows a search by the district that included guidance from professional search consultants from the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB), and input from the community, faculty, and staff. The Board of Education interviewed three candidates on May 7, and passed a motion to approve the hiring of Mr. Ryan on the same day.

Contract terms for the Superintendent include a three-year contract with a base salary of $170,000, commensurate with the duties, responsibilities, and expectations of the Board and community.

Board President Elizabeth Egan said, "Our board agreed that Mr. Ryan best understands and will carry forward our unique community vision and culture of student learning and contribution to a global society. From his early days in Clarkston as a guest teacher, Mr. Ryan has served our district in many roles, including as a parent. The Board of Education is united in recognizing Mr. Ryan as a strong believer in lifelong learning for children and adults, a dedicated legislative advocate for our students, a trustworthy manager of community assets, and a strategic planner for the future."

Mr. Ryan's numerous career accomplishments include spearheading the middle school/junior high reconfiguration in 2004; a restructuring that reduced the district budget by $10 million in 2010; and passing a $76 million bond for technology and facilities updates in 2016. His strong administrative leadership also brought about the incorporation of the Whole Child initiative and Leader in Me program, which revitalized the district's focus on the broader social-emotional needs of children. Most recently, Ryan was instrumental in the introduction of improved co-curricular opportunities in all elementaries, and the addition of instructional technology and reading coaches across the district. He is a natural community builder, and his ability to create unique community connections led to the development of innovative partnerships with Easterseals Michigan and Stars and Stripes Gymnastics.

Ryan holds a B.A. in Biology and Chemistry from Saint Vincent College in Pennsylvania, and a master's in Educational Leadership from Eastern Michigan University. He earned his teaching certification at Oakland University.

About Clarkston Community Schools: Clarkston is a highly regarded school district with an enrollment of nearly 8,000 students. We have seven elementary schools (K-5), one middle school serving grades 6-7, one junior high for grades 8-9, and Clarkston High School, which serves students in grades 10-12. We also have an Early Childhood Center serving children ages 3-5, and an alternative high school/community education facility. Each Clarkston Community Schools' student is fully engaged in a globally focused education, from preschool through graduation, that fosters in students a sense of self, perspective, responsibility/ownership, and contribution. The mission of Clarkston Community Schools is to cultivate thinkers, learners and positive contributors to a global society.

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