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posted Aug 1, 2016, 10:59 AM by Kyle Taylor   [ updated Nov 28, 2016, 7:59 AM ]

New Superintendent, Joe Blessman 

The Orion School Board has employed the District’s next Superintendent, Joe Blessman.   Mr. Blessman comes to Orion from Brimfield Community Unit School District #309.  He has been working in Brimfield as Superintendent/High School Principal for the past three years.  Prior to Brimfield, Mr. Blessman worked as a Biology Teacher at Metamora Township High School, where he later moved on as the Dean of Students.  Joe then transitioned into the role of Superintendent/Grade School Principal for Riverview CSD #2, where he worked before moving to Brimfield.

The Board has worked extremely hard to confirm alignment of Board, Staff, and Community members on the criteria for what a superintendent means to Orion.  Some of these criteria ranged from instructional leadership, financial understanding, and acting ethically with integrity and fairness.  Mr. Blessman exemplifies all of these and many others that well qualify him to be our district leader.

Joe and his wife Jeanne, and their four children, Brock (College Freshman), Isabel (High School Sophomore), Keagan (6th grader), and Leo (20 months) will be transitioning into the district in the near future.

Joe’s official start date is July 1, 2016.  He will be replacing Superintendent David Deets, who retired June 30, 2016. 

Please help welcome Mr. Blessman and his family to our school district!