2017-01-26 / Front Page

Relken approved as Goodrich interim superintendent

Imbrunone resigns under fire
By Paula K. Schmidt
810-452-2647 • pschmidt@mihomepaper.com

Ryan Relken Ryan Relken GOODRICH — In an unexpected move, the Goodrich Board of Education called a Special Meeting Monday night and accepted the apparent resignation of Michelle Imbrunone, who had been under fire in recent months for conflict with staff at the high school.

Appointed as Interim Superintendent was Ryan Relken, who was Principal at Oaktree Elementary. Board President David Cramer stated they will immediately engage in a search for a new principal.

Cramer also stepped down as President and nominations were taken for board positions for the New Year following an election of two new members. Daniel Keller was selected as the new President, Greg Mains as the new Vice President, Jennifer Riggs as the new Secretary, and Jeff Brown as the new treasurer.

Although details were not available at deadline, Imbrunone has been under fire for her management style and parents had spoken up on behalf of teachers who were in fear of their jobs under her leadership.

Relken has only been with the district since 2014. Reportedly, Personnel Director Julie Lublin, who Imbrunone recruited from her former district after obtaining the superintendent position, will also be leaving at the end of the school year.

Kim Gray, one of the parents who had spoken out, stated she was thrilled with the change and very pleased with the choice of Relken, who she added is very well thought of in the district. “I am very excited to have Ryan Relken lead our district. He will be a breath of fresh air for the staff. Many of us were overjoyed to hear that Michelle Imbrunone did the right thing by resigning. We are also thankful to the board for hearing our voices. We are all looking forward to a new beginning,” she said.

Another parent, Kelly Vohs, stated “I am just so very grateful that our community pulled together so strongly to stand beside our teachers and expose all the injustice that had been taking place from the Superintendent down to the board. We are all very happy that Mrs. Imbrunone is gone and our teachers can now go to work in a fear‘less’ environment. I’m also thrilled that our Board of Education members were willing to hear the voices of the parents and teachers.”

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