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State Superintendent to visit APS

Submitted by Phil Heimerl on September 12, 2017 – 12:54 amNo Comment

The Superintendent of the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) will be visiting Alpena Public Schools later this month.

No one seems to know exactly how long it’s been since a state superintendent has visited the area, but this is certainly Brian Whiston’s first visit since taking over the top spot at the MDE in July, 2015.

Whiston will be touring several APS schools on Wednesday, September 27, to see the many learning opportunities afforded to students in career and technology education (CTE), robotics, and hands-on learning.

APS Superintendent John VanWagoner has known Whiston for a number of years and calls him “a great guy.”  VanWagoner is looking forward to the visit and the opportunity to showcase the unique learning opportunities local students have despite what he calls “very limited resources.”

Whiston will start his visit at the junior high school, followed by a tour of student-built homes in Wildcat Court.  He will then visit CTE classrooms at the high school, followed by a stop at Besser Elementary School, and finally the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center to meet with teachers about Shipwreck Alley and remotely operated vehicles (ROV’s).

For Whiston, the school visits are an extension of his commitment to customer service – “How can MDE help Michigan’s schools?”

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