New Crawford AuSable School District superintendent to take over on August 1
Tue, 07/19/2022 - 3:36pm caleb
District hires Grayling Middle School principal Tim Sanchez to serve as superintendent
The Crawford AuSable School District has hired from within to fill the vacant superintendent position.
Tim Sanchez, Grayling Middle School principal, will take over as the school district’s superintendent on August 1.
Justin Gluesing, the previous superintendent, ended his time with the district in June after three years of service. He moved back to Alpena to take the Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District Superintendent position. Joe Powers, the superintendent before Gluesing, has been serving as the interim superintendent since July 1 as the district conducted the search for Gluesing’s replacement.
Sanchez joined the district in 2004 as a teacher and coach. He later served as a teacher and athletic director, and in 2011 he took the assistant principal job at Grayling High School. In 2018 he moved to the middle school to accept the role of principal.
Sanchez said he decided to enter the mix for the vacant superintendent position thinking that if he wasn’t selected he would still “have a great job” that he enjoys at the middle school. Sanchez interviewed in early July and was recently offered the position.
“I love the middle school. I love the kids. I love the staff,” Sanchez said. “Ultimately my loyalty is to the district,. My whole professional career has been here.”
His wife, Lila, also works in the community.
“We’ve been here our entire professional careers. We’ve raised our three daughters here through the school system. I have a particular interest to have our school system remain on top,” Sanchez said.
Sanchez said he’s “a little nervous” but also “excited” to take on a new role in the district.
“It’s a deal where I’m stepping into a great situation. Great staff, great administration, very supportive board. We’re just in really good shape,” Sanchez said. “It’s a big responsibility and I want to make sure I do it right.”
Sanchez said one of the district’s biggest challenges will be working through the bond proposal project. (In May, Crawford AuSable School District voters approved a $21 million bond proposal to pay for improvements at Grayling Middle School, Grayling High School, and Grayling Elementary School. The bulk of the work will be done at the middle school; it includes linking the current facility with the district’s green space located on the other side of Ottawa Street, reconfiguring bus and parent traffic, building a new front entrance, adding a new media center, improving the kitchen/cafeteria, creating an area for middle school wrestling, and other improvements.)
Sanchez said the project is a “two to three year process” and the middle school pickup area may face some difficulties this year as the work proceeds.
“It’s going to be tougher than last year but once it gets finished it will be great,” Sanchez said.
Sanchez said the strengths of the district include policies that have been “proven successful – “we’re not sitting here trying to reinvent the wheel, we’ve got something that we know works,” he said – and a “great staff” and supportive people in the district.
“We have a very supportive community,” Sanchez said. “We’ve got a staff that cares about kids. We’ve got a board that cares about kids. You would think that’s easy but it’s not. That’s not how it is at every district.”
“The future is definitely bright at Crawford AuSable,” Sanchez said.
Sanchez said a district committee is now conducting the search process for the next principal and assistant principal for Grayling Middle School.