Earlier today at a special work session, the Muskegon Public Schools Board of Education voted unanimously to appoint Mr. Dirk Weeldreyer as interim superintendent of Muskegon Public Schools effective June 11, 2019. Muskegon Public Schools will contract with the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District (ISD) for Weeldreyer’s services.
Cindy Larson, President of the Muskegon Public Schools Board of Education said, “The MAISD recommended Mr. Weeldreyer to our board as an ideal candidate to temporarily fill our district’s lead position. With his recent success as interim superintendent in Caledonia, our board agrees he is the perfect person for the job. We are pleased he was able to begin right away. I know our Big Red family will welcome him.”
Weeldreyer is the current Executive Director of the School Equity Caucus, a statewide organization representing Michigan school districts that seek adequate and equitable funding for K-12 public schools. He served as superintendent of Fennville Public Schools for nine years, principal of Martin Middle/High School for five years, and taught Social Studies at Jenison Public Schools for 16 years. Most recently, in 2018, Weeldreyer served for just under six months as Interim Superintendent at Caledonia Community Schools where he successfully prepared the district for a smooth transition to their next leader.
He holds an Educational Specialist degree in Leadership and Administration from Grand Valley State University, a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Western Michigan University, a Master of Education from Nazareth College, and a Bachelor of Arts from Hope College.
Muskegon Area ISD Superintendent John Severson said, “I have known Mr. Weeldreyer for several years and I’m confident in his leadership, skills, and experience. He has what it takes to lead Muskegon through this time of transition as they search for a superintendent. We are fortunate to have him.”
Weeldreyer lives in Jenison and said he has known and respected the strong traditions of Muskegon Public Schools for many years. “I look forward to learning more about how I can best serve the district from the students, parents, staff, community and board members who live and learn right here in Muskegon,” he said.