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St. Charles Superintendent Michael Decker will retire after 32 years in public education
St. Charles Superintendent Michael Decker will retire after 32 years in public education
MLive: Riley Murdock
Tuesday, December 07, 2021

SAGINAW COUNTY, MI - St. Charles Community Schools Superintendent Michael Decker will retire at the beginning of the spring semester after more than eight years in the position.

Decker plans to leave the position Monday, Jan. 3, the first day of the next semester, he said. Decker has spent more than 32 years in public education, including as a principal at Midland Public Schools.

Decker has been eligible to retire for a year and a half, he said, but he has a ninth grandchild on the way and wants to make spending time with them his priority. He has accepted a job as an energy savings consultant that will allow him to work remotely. It’s bittersweet, but it’s time, he said.

“A superintendent needs to be visible, needs to be seen, and I need to be there to see my grandkids,” Decker said.

Looking back on his time with the district, Decker is proud of the 2015 bond that gave the district funds to build a community center and implement a one-to-one tech policy, he said. He’s thankful for the relationships he’s developed with the kids, his staff and the community.

Decker has always enjoyed coaching sports and plans to get back into it after he leaves the position, he said.

“This job has always been about coaching a big team of teachers, administration staff and students,” Decker said. “I’ve always been a coach and this has been another fun experience of building a team.”

The district is currently going through thesearch process to find its next superintendent. St. Charles Elementary School Principal Mark Benson and finance director Courtney Traver are serving as co-interim superintendents, Decker said.