Constantine names Holloway new superintendent

CONSTANTINE — Constantine Public Schools announced in a release Monday they have officially hired Joseph Holloway as their district’s new superintendent.

Holloway, Constantine Public Schools’ current curriculum director, has been in his position with the district for the past two years, and has also been the district’s Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) coordinator. According to a release from the district, Holloway was tasked the past couple of years with aligning district curriculum, providing professional development for staff, and creating and overseeing the district’s COVID-19 Return To Learn plan.

Holloway takes over for current superintendent Jim Wiseley, who recently took the superintendent position at Gobles Public Schools, his hometown district.

The new superintendent holds a master’s degrees in curriculum instruction with a concentration in educational leadership and in behavioral psychology. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration in sports management, as well as a certificate with the International Institute for Restorative Practices.

Prior to coming to Constantine, Holloway spent over 15 years in administration positions at Houghton Lake Public Schools and Ashley Public Schools. In addition, Holloway also served as a Student Support Network director. According to the release, while at Houghton Lake, he helped pilot the Michigan Department of Education’s Restorative Practices Initiative, and has shared his work at multiple conferences, including the European Conference for Restorative Practices in Kortrijk, Belgium.

Holloway was selected to be their superintendent during a special meeting held on April 20, and was approved by the board in a 7-0 unanimous vote.

In a statement, the Constantine Public Schools Board of Education welcomed Holloway to the district, as well as thanked Wiseley for the work he’s done for the district.

“The Board of Education asks the Falcon Nation to please join us in welcoming Mr. Holloway, and his wife, Jasmine, into our community,” the statement read. “We would like to thank Mr. Jim Wiseley for his dedication to CPS and the positive motivational ideas that he brought to the District. Wiseley, along with Constantine’s dedicated staff, implemented Biomedical STEM Science 6-12 grade, expanded CTE with Culinary Arts, added a Strength and Conditioning program, and was instrumental in bringing the many banners and CPS signs to our small town, all while successfully guiding our district through the unknowns of the global pandemic, Covid19. We wish him nothing but the best.”

Holloway becomes the fourth person this year to become the new superintendent of a school district in St. Joseph County, following Nikki Nash in Three Rivers, Chad Brady in Centreville, and former Clintondale Community Schools Director of Teaching and Learning Rachel Kowalski in Colon.

Michigan Leadership Institute assisted the district with its search.

Robert Tomlinson can be reached at 279-7488 ext. 22 or robert@threeriversnews.com.

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