Groh named new Big Bay School head

GARDEN CORNERS – The Big Bay de Noc School District has hired Ken Groh as its new part-time superintendent. The decision was made at the July 8 school board meeting.

Groh replaces Bill Pistulka, who became the full-time charter schools officer at Northern Michigan University on July 1. Over the past three years, Pistulka was both the charter schools officer at NMU and part-time superintendent at Big Bay de Noc. Northern Michigan University has expanded his duties to full-time, which will not allow him to do both jobs in the future. During the month of July, Pistulka will stay on as the interim superintendent with Groh taking over the position on Aug. 1 prior to the start of the new school year.

From 1995 to 2004 Groh was the full-time superintendent of Manistique Area Schools and has maintained a home on Indian Lake in the Manistique area. Since his retirement from Manistique Area Schools he has been an interim superintendent in Gladstone, North Central and Baraga schools. Prior to working at Manistique, Groh was the superintendent for North Central Area Schools in Powers.

In a press release, the school board stated it looks forward to the arrival of Groh and believes it will be a smooth transition for him following Pistulka. Groh will work approximately two days at the school each week but his schedule will be flexible depending on the demands of the job. When not on site, work will be accomplished as needed utilizing technology and the phone as needed.

“The part-time superintendent model has worked effectively at Big Bay de Noc for the past nine years and the board looks forward to continuing this model with the skills and leadership that Mr. Groh brings to the district,” the press release stated.