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High school principal shifts to human resources, strategic planning

Comstock Park— Dan Holden has been named the district’s new assistant superintendent of human resources. He will continue as co-principal of the high school with Tony Petkus, former assistant principal and athletic director. 

Holden said his new position is a result of restructuring due to retirements, as well as staff- and board-identified needs in the district. 

Tony Petkus

“I do really enjoy the opportunity to have an impact on the district as a whole,” he said.“Superintendent Dave Washburn’s “servant leadership mentality meshes well with my own, and so it’s been a great fit.”

Washburn said the district is working on a strategic planning process to identify a long-term vision and a plan to get there. 

“(Holden’s) experience in both strategic planning and performance over the past semester in both roles has proven invaluable to our district and allowed me to spend time focusing on where we are going,” Washburn said.

Tom McCutchen, former Ottawa County police officer, was also recently hired as student support coordinator.

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Karen Gentry
Karen Gentry covers Comstock Park. She is from Evansville, Indiana and St. Joseph, Mich. and a graduate of Lake Michigan Catholic High School and Central Michigan University. She moved to the Grand Rapids area in the mid-1980s and has been a resident of Comstock Park since 2002. She understands the complexity, rewards and challenges of the teaching profession as she has five years of experience as a high school teacher at River Valley High School in Three Oaks, Mich. and St. Stephen High School in Saginaw. As a reporter for the Advance Newspapers and Mlive she covered Sparta, Kent City and Northview schools. She is happy to be reunited with some of her journalism colleagues and writing about Comstock Park Public Schools for the School News Network. Read Karen's full bio


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