Iron Mountain School Board accepts resignations

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Iron Mountain School Board officially accepted the resignation of Superintendent Raphael Rittenhouse at a meeting Thursday.

Several board members expressed appreciation to Rittenhouse for his time with the district.

“I publicly want to thank you for what you’ve done for the district,” Board Member Steve Brooks said. “I enjoyed working with you. I’m going to miss you.

“Thank you for everything you’ve done for the district,” Board Member Foz Burgoon said. “You came in at a tough time. You gave the district back a sense of pride. You’ve done a wonderful job for this district.”

Rittenhouse said he was grateful for the chance to serve the district these past four years. Rittenhouse has accepted a position with Gull Lake Community Schools in downstate Michigan.

The board also accepted the resignation of Mark Herman as high school/middle school principal. The board approved hiring Herman as an English and social studies teacher with the district for next year.

The superintendent and principal jobs will be posted internally for three days and then a more complete search will begin.

The board also accepted the resignation of board member Jeff Michaud effective June 30. Michaud was unable to attend the meeting, but the resignation letter was read aloud by Burgoon. In the letter he thanked Rittenhouse for his service to the district, for getting the district out of debt, increasing enrollment. Michaud cited the actions of four unnamed board members as the reason for his resignation from the board.

Marguerite Lanthier can be reached at 906-774-3500, ext. 42, or mlanthier@ironmountaindailynews.com