FPS' Superintendent Weeldreyer To Heal School Equality Caucus In Lansing
Margaret Sessions, who organizes the Wednesday morning socials at the Athletic Center in Fennville, honored Dirk Weeldreyer, Fennville’s School Superintendent, who is leaving and retiring from the district in September.
But his retirement doesn’t mean he is leaving education or educational issues behind.
“I will be executive director of School Equality in Michigan School District Caucus in Lansing,” says Weeldreyer. “I will be working in and around the state in my new position.”
Fennville High School Principal Jim Greydanus will take over the position of Superintendent of Fennville Public Schools.
When asked about highlights of his career, Weeldreyer responds, “This has been the greatest experience of my career in Fennville. Fennville exceeded all my expectations.”
Explaining what his new job is all about, Weeldreyer says, “In my new position I will be involved in the problem of inequality of district funding in Michigan.
“Fennville gets $7,511 per student. This is much lower than other school districts in the state. Transportation costs for Fennville students are $1,000 per year.
“For instance, Bloomfield Hills School District gets $1,200 per student. It will take several years to even this out. I will be working with the state legislature and testifying on occasion in Lansing. My job will be setting policies for the Caucus. I will represent all districts in the state which are in the lower level.”
Weeldreyer has been superintendent of Fennville schools for nine years since 2008. He taught Social Studies and World History for 16 years at Jenison High School. His career spanned five years as principal at Martin Public Schools, grades 6 through 12.
“I am very proud of our kids. Our district is doing very well. At our recent graduating class we gave out $27,000 worth of scholarships,” notes Weeldreyer.
He majored in Political Science in college and his hobby is genealogy.
“He has done an excellent job here and we wish him well,” Sessions commented, as she gave him a handmade blanket.
As usual, Sessions had a huge array of food she brought for the breakfast at the Fennville Athletic Center. Many residents attended to show their appreciation for the retiring superintendent who has been a popular administrator for the district.