MASSP Associate Director Ben Mainka Named Swartz Creek Superintendent

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On Wednesday, January 4, the Swartz Creek Community Schools Board of Education voted to approve MASSP's Associate Director, Ben Mainka, as the district's new Superintendent. Ben was one of six candidates to interview for the position and one of two semi-finalists.

"We are all very proud of the work Ben has done at MASSP and are happy for him as he pursues this new challenge," said Wendy Zdeb, MASSP Executive Director. "We've waited to send a formal announcement until his contact was signed, sealed and delivered. Now that it's official, we are pleased to offer our heartfelt congratulations!"

Upon acceptance of his contract, Ben resigned his post at MASSP and began his new position with Swartz Creek Community Schools. In anticipation of this move and the number of professional development sessions scheduled, the MASSP team met to discuss all currently scheduled training dates and ensure that all outstanding commitments are covered.

In an email to the MASSP Board of Directors, Ben Mainka stated, "It has been a pleasure working with you all and I feel honored to call you colleagues. I especially appreciate your support of Wendy and the staff, as I have witnessed the amazing vision that they are implementing and truly living out every day. Our work together will not stop here, as we all are trying to improve our educational systems for our children here in Michigan."

As student-athlete, Ben earned his Bachelors Degree from Spring Arbor University with a double major in Secondary Education and Biology and minors in Kinesiology and General Science. He attended the University of Michigan for graduate school, earning a Masters of Public Administration (MPA) degree with a focus on Educational Administration.

Ben came to MASSP as an Associate Director in June 2015 after serving as the Principal of Hartland High School. Prior to Hartland, Ben served as a High School Assistant Principal and Middle School Principal in Fowlerville. As a teacher, he taught both middle school and high school science.

"Ben is a very knowledgeable, talented and charismatic leader," said Zdeb. "His work with educators throughout Michigan has truly helped to advance their learning on Standards-Based Grading, Assessment, Teacher Evaluation and Teacher Collaboration. We are sad to see him move on, but know that Swartz Creek Schools are in great hands."