Schooley to present State of the District report to public

Kevin Schooley

SOUTH HAVEN — Residents will have a chance to meet new South Haven Public Schools Superintendent Kevin Schooley this month when he presents a State of the District report at South Haven Memorial Library.

District residents will have three different opportunities to hear the report at the library, at 314 Broadway Avenue. The first presentation will be at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 6; the second is 10 a.m., Thursday, March 7; and the third at 4 p.m., Tuesday, March 12.

“I wanted to try to accommodate various schedules for folks in the community, so we came up with three different slots,” said Schooley, who began his new job in January.

During his presentation, Schooley said he will update parents and other area residents about school district happenings, but he also wants to give the community an opportunity to become better acquainted with him.

“While I've lived here for 27 years, I am just getting to know the families in South Haven who now have children in school,” said Schooley, who has three children, two who graduated from South Haven, and a third who is currently a senior. “Because of the ages of my children, I do know some high school parents, but for many people with younger children, I am like someone who just moved to the area as they have no idea who I am.”

Schooley came to South Haven with his wife, Lori (a South Haven elementary school teacher), in the early 1990s. He worked as a special education teacher in the former Central Elementary School for five years before becoming an elementary school principal in Watervliet in 1998. In 2010 he was named superintendent of Watervliet Public Schools, a position he held before the South Haven board hired him to lead South Haven Public Schools.

“The connection between the school leader and kids and parents is important to me. I want folks to realize who I am, that I am accessible, and I am an active member of the school community,” Schooley said.

District residents who want to attend the State of the District report do not have to pre-register, Schooley said.

“People do not have to sign up to attend and they do not have to show up at the start time if they are busy,” he said. “If they just want to pop in and put a face with a name, I'm happy with that as well.”