Brimmer leaves McBain for Shepherd job

June 8, 2018

By John Raffel

After three years as McBain Schools superintendent, Steve Brimmer has decided to leave to take a similar position at Shepherd.

Before coming to McBain, Brimmer was at St. Louis (Mich.) as superintendent for a year, middle school principal five years and a English and geography teacher five years. He’s a native of Merritt, Mich., and graduated from Houghton Lake High School. He got his Bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University and Masters from the University of Phoenix in education.

He had taught at St. Charles before getting hired in St. Louis.

“It was a very tough decision for me to make,” Brimmer said. “McBain is an outstanding district. However, our three children live in Mid-Michigan and our oldest just had our first grand baby. The pull to be closer to them was very strong. Add in the fact that Shepherd is an outstanding school district and I decided to apply for the job.”
He is ready for the new challenges at Shepherd.

Steve Brimmer, McBain’s superintendent.

Steve Brimmer, McBain’s superintendent.

“Learning an entirely new district can be difficult and time-consuming,” Brimmer said. “Each district approaches things in their own way and learning those nuances will take time and effort. “
Brimmer said there’s plenty he will miss about McBain.
“I think the thing that sticks out to me the most about my time here is the truly amazing staff, students, and community,” he said. “I have met a number of good friends here and it will be hard for me to leave them. I am especially happy with the academic progress that the elementary and junior/senior high have made in recent years. Everyone in the community should be proud of the time and effort that the staff and students have put in to increase our achievement results.”

McBain is looking to fill Brimmer’s spot and also that of retiring high school principal Joel Bronkema.

“The posting for the superintendent will end on June 11,” Brimmer said. “After that, the Board will meet to determine which candidates they’d like to interview. The goal is to have a new superintendent picked and approved by July 1. One of the new superintendent’s first tasks will be to hire a replacement for high school principal Joel Bronkema. We have posted for that position and have collected the resumes for the new superintendent to review.”

Brimmer’s last day at McBain is June 30.

‘It’s truly been a pleasure working in McBain and I thank everyone for putting up with me,” he said.

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