BRIDGMAN — Bridgman Schools Superintendent Shane Peters received a three-year extension of his current contract through June 2021, along with a highly effective rating in a unanimous vote from the board of education on Monday.

Under Peters’ leadership, the district students continued to score above the county and state averages in English language arts and math in the spring M-STEP and SAT tests. The district graduation rate continues above both state and county averages and attendance is above 90 percent at all three schools.

Additionally, Peters is credited with overseeing many expansions and new learning opportunities including the addition of a literacy specialist and a new literacy program at Bridgman Elementary School. At F.C. Reed Middle School, a new “Reading Plus” program was instituted. Bridgman High School added a fifth-year of Spanish and entered the Whirlpool Innovation Challenge for marketing and business students.

The board acknowledged Peters role in the community and opening vocational job opportunities for students. He is a member of many local service clubs including the Bridgman Community Growth Alliance, Bridgman Foundation for Educational Excellence, Lory’s Place and Lakeshore Rotary Club.

The board released a statement about its decision: “The Bridgman Board of Education is proud of Bridgman Public Schools and the community support that we are so fortunate to have. We would like to thank Superintendent Peters for his continued service, dedication and leadership of Bridgman Public Schools. The Board of Education is excited about the continued expansions and new learning opportunities that will be added in the years ahead."