2017-01-01 / Insight

Gary Richardson wraps up career with accolades

BY PHIL FOLEY
810-452-2616 • pfoley@mihomepaper.com

IMLAY CITY — Longtime Imlay City educator Gary Richardson was all smiles Jan. 16 when the Imlay City Chamber of Commerce named him Imlay City’s 42nd Citizen of the Year during chamber’s annual dinner dance at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Goodland Township.

A month later he announced he was retiring as Imlay City and Dryden’s shared superintendent.

Richards came to Imlay City in 1996 as dean of students at the high school and was named superintendent in 2007. In 2013 following the retirement of Dryden Community Schools Superintendent Thomas Goulette Imlay City and Dryden’s School boards agreed to share his services with Richards spending 65 percent of his time in Imlay City.

During his tenure, Imlay City High School was named a bronze winner in U.S. News and World Reports’ “One of America’s Best High Schools” program. Under his leadership, the district launched its Middle College partnership, Math Science Technology Problem Based Learning program, begindergarten for early fives, the Early Learning Center, All Stars and Camp Overdrive, among other programs.

Announcing his decision to retire Richards told the Imlay City board, “These seven individuals on this school board take my breath away. I am humbled by these people. It really does take a village to raise a child, it takes an entire school community to help a young person succeed not only in school but in life.”

Following his retirement, the two districts went back to separate superintendents. In Dryden Mary Finnigan, principal at Dryden Junior/ Senior High School, added superintendent to her titles. Imlay City tapped Stu Cameron to be its next superintendent.

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