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Peck grad returns as principal

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Leann Kerr Leann Kerr PECK — Leann Kerr is returning to her educational roots.

The 2001 graduate of Peck High School is the new elementary principal.

The board of education voted to hire Kerr during a special board meeting on Dec. 21. She was one of three finalists interviewed for the position. The others were Stacy Hamann, a middle school teacher in the Port Huron School District, and Tamara Kuntz, an elementary principal at Rogers City Area Schools.

Kerr was hired on a 4-2 vote. Board members Renee Alfaro, Terry Gallagher, Roy Hickman and Shane Welch voted yes, while Karen Anklam and Stephanie MacMillan dissented. Board member Tim Lentner was absent.

Kerr, a high school English teacher and department chair at North Branch Community Schools, will begin her new duties Jan. 22, with a partial salary of $35,000 through the end of the school year in June, and a full salary of $71,000 in 2018-19.

Kerr replaces Bill Kerr as elementary administrator. Bill Kerr has been serving as K-12 principal, and will continue as junior-senior high principal.

Leann Kerr will also serve as curriculum director, a new position, and Title 1 director, replacing Rose Hardy.

Raised in Peck, the former Leann Schneidewind graduated at the top of her high school class in 2001, serving as co-valedictorian. She then attended Saginaw Valley State University on a full ride scholarship, and earned a master’s degree in public administration with emphasis in education from the University of Michigan-Flint.

She has worked at North Branch Schools for 11 years, serving in leadership capacities, including chair of the English Language Arts Department, and as extracurricular activities advisor.

“Peck has a very special place in my heart,” Kerr told the News in an email.

“I have a vested interest in this community and this school. There is no place (like) home and I am so excited to start the next chapter of my professional life here.”

Leann and Bill, the junior-senior high school principal and a 1995 Peck graduate, have been married 12 years. They have three children, two of whom attend Peck Schools - daughters Sawyer, a fifth grader, and Harper a kindergartener. Son Wilder is one-year-old.

In other recent board action, the contract for Superintendent Frank Johnson was extended for six months, through June 30, 2018, when he will step down from the part-time position.

Johnson, a retired superintendent from Yale Community Schools, has been Peck superintendent since December 2016, when he was hired to replace Ryle Kiser who quit.

The board will look into filling the superintendent’s position during late winter and spring, Johnson said.

In the meantime, the board approved a $600 stipend for Bill Kerr to make decision on inclement weather conditions for Peck Schools “as my role is reduced,” Johnson said.

In other action, the board has approved a maximum of $2,000 to assist the village of Peck in its application for a Safe Routes to School grant.

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