MENOMINEE — Menominee High School Principal John Mans has been named the district’s interim superintendent for the 2017-18 school year.
The Menominee Board of Education also accepted the resignation of current Superintendent Terri Mileski after she made the announcement on March 1. Her last day in the position will be June 30.
Mileski, who has been in the district for three years, sent an email to Menominee’s staff and school board stating, “It’s a tough decision, but at the end of this school year I have decided to resign from my position as superintendent... I will continue to work hard for the students and staff of the district until the end of the school year. It has truly been a pleasure being a Menominee Maroon. It now seems to be the right time in my personal and professional life to allow others who want to move the district forward to be able to put their stamp on the school district and for me to pursue other opportunities in education.”
Mans has been principal for a year and previously served as superintendent at the Menominee County Intermediate School District.
“I’m really excited about this,” he said. “First of all, Terri and my view on education is always putting kids first. The two of us working together won’t be Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. We both have similar thoughts and moving forward, I think I bring a great deal of knowledge to the table — especially working with budgets.”
Mans explained he is comfortable working with budgets and understands how business services work.
“I can bring something to the table there,” he said.
In terms of Mileski’s knowledge, Mans plans on gaining more knowledge from her regarding title services and the direction in which the district needs to head.
“I’m familiar with the district because I have been here my entire life,” he said. “I think I bring some special things to the table and I plan to steal all of the knowledge I can from Terri while I continue to work with her for the rest of the year.”
The duo has always had a great relationship, Mans explained. In fact, he was a member of the team that hired her.
“I’m really expecting this to be very smooth,” he said. “I think we’re both going to take the best we can out of each other. I think in this instance, the district wins.”
In terms of long-term planning, Mans said he quite possibly may make the position change permanent, if given the opportunity and if “it’s the right fit.”
“It’s a little scary for me, I just came out of five years as being a superintendent for the ISD,” he said. “It was great for a long time, then I really wore out towards the end. My only concern going into this is making sure it’s the right fit — it’s like a pair of shoes that feel good. I need to stay being me, not just trying to play a role.
“It has to be the right fit and I’m very optimistic. I love this community. I’d love to retire here in Menominee and not have to leave and go somewhere else.”
School Board President Ken Pulver and Secretary Marye Mathieu thanked Mileski for her time and effort over the past three years.
“I look forward to hearing great things about Menominee Area Public Schools in the years to come,” Mileski stated in her letter of resignation.