Vacancy filled on Crawford AuSable School District’s Board of Education
Dan Sanderson | Staff Writer
A Grayling healthcare provider, who has a large vested interest in the Crawford AuSable School District (CASD), was appointed to fill out a vacancy on the board of education.
Josh Peters was appointed to the school board at its regular monthly meeting held on Monday, June 10. He replaced Trustee Dave Malm, who resigned from his position on Monday, June 3, the day after the Grayling High School graduation ceremonies.
Malm cited the need to devote time to other matters as his reason for stepping down from serving on the school board.
“I have made the decision to resign based on personal time constraints and travel commitments in the near future,” Malm said in his letter to the board.
Malm served on the board for eight years. He had one and a half years left on his unexpired term.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed the last eight years serving on the board and couldn’t feel better about how the district is positioned for the future. I have worked with many high performing organizations through the years and CASD is among the best,” Malm said. “I will miss interacting with everyone in the district and the board a great deal, but it is time to move on and open the opportunity for someone else to be rewarded the way I have been by being part of top performing board and district.”
Peters was born and raised in the Village of Shepherd, which is located just south of Mt. Pleasant. His parents, Michelle and Dave, still live in the community.
“My mom was a school teacher for 40 plus years,” he said. “She had one job.”
Peter attended Alma College for his undergraduate degree and was on the football team all four years.
He then moved to Florida, where he played on a semi-professional football team. During that time, he also earned a doctor’s degree in physical therapy.
Peters’ wife, Kim, teachers the young five-year-old class at the Grayling Elementary School. She previously served as kindergarten teacher at the school and has a master’s degree in early childhood development.
The couple moved to Grayling three years ago this July. They have four sons, Jordan, age 10, Jaden, age 9, Jason, age, 3, and Joe, age 2.
Peters works for Munson Home Health, providing physical therapy to patients in their homes. His main service area includes Crawford County, Roscommon, and Higgins Lake. This past winter, the job took Peters to work with patients in Atlanta, Mio, Lewiston, Bellaire, and Mancelona.
“I’ve got to see a lot of northern Michigan since I transitioned into home care,” he said.
Peters works among a team of occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, social workers, nurses, and doctors.
“I provide physical therapy for people that are homebound that can’t safely exit their home or it’s a taxing effort for them to get to the clinic to have those services,” he said.
The success of schools with the CASD drew Peters to apply for the board.
“With the vacancy, it was exciting for me to possibly join such an amazing team,” he said. “The board of education has a proven track record of success.”
Peters said the issues the school district is facing are good issues to have such as growth.
“That poses unique challenges in terms of space and funding,” he said.
New Crawford AuSable School District Superintendent Justin Gluesing will be starting his position on July 1.
“With change, change can be difficult, so that presents a unique opportunity,” Peters said. “You have to kind of step up and lead during that time.”
Peters relishes the opportunity to serve with school board members who have several years of experience along with younger members on the board.
“I’m just excited to learn and be part of that team,” he said. “Joining an already successful team is pretty exciting.”
Peters plans on making a long time commitment to the school board as his sons come up through the school system and he can contribute his leaderships abilities.
“Education has been a huge part of my life,” he said. “It’s given me opportunities I’ve had, so I’m excited to be part of an organization that makes that possible for everybody.”
Former school board member Carol Ramaswamy and Mark Snyder, who ran for positions on the board last November, applied to fill the vacancy. Lynda Marek also applied for the position.