The LOCS Board of Education has selected Benjamin Kirby as the district’s next Superintendent, poised to lead the district into the next generation.
Mr. Kirby, currently the Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services in South Lyon Community Schools, was selected by the unanimous 7-0 vote at the special remote board meeting on Monday, June 29.
“After an extremely thorough process, the Board took the step unanimously to hire Mr. Ben Kirby,” LOCS Board of Education President Jim Weidman said. “The community looks forward to his leadership in Lake Orion Community Schools.”
The Board members shared their thoughts about the process and their rationale to support Mr. Kirby.
With the Board’s endorsement of Mr. Kirby, negotiations will begin on a contract, intending for him to be formally approved at a special July 6 board meeting.
Mr. Kirby’s scheduled official start date in the district is July 20, 2020.
“I’m incredibly thankful, humbled and honored to be selected as the new Lake Orion Community Schools Superintendent,” Mr. Kirby said. “I look forward to building relationships with the Board, staff, students and community. Go Dragons!”
The Board announced LOCS Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Rick Arnett will be the Superintendent designee until Mr. Kirby officially begins.
Mr. Kirby succeeds retiring Superintendent Marion Ginopolis, whose 10-year tenure in LOCS concludes Tuesday, June 30, with her final day of district employment.
An assistant superintendent in South Lyon since January 2018, Mr. Kirby was responsible for all aspects of Human Resources and Public Relations as well as overseeing the Transportation and Athletic Departments. Prior to joining South Lyon, Mr. Kirby worked as an associate superintendent in Ionia Public Schools from July 2007 – January 2018.
Mr. Kirby earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education from Michigan State University, a Masters in educational leadership from Western Michigan University and an Educational Specialist degree in Leadership from Grand Valley State University.
The Lake Orion Community Schools Board of Education is thrilled to have Mr. Kirby join the current administrative team and looks forward to many prosperous years under his leadership.