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Forest Hills superintendent announces retirement

Long-time leader grateful to serve with those who help kids “find and follow their dreams”

Forest Hills — Superintendent Dan Behm will retire this summer after 17 years at the helm and a total of 30 years working in Michigan public education.

In a letter to Forest Hills families on Thursday, the self-described district cheerleader extended his thanks to the community for their “support, generosity, ingenuity, and partnership” in helping students “find and follow their dreams.”

Dan Behm

“What makes Forest Hills Public Schools a great place for kids is the heart that the adults in our community have for our youth — the next generation,” he wrote. 

Behm’s original intent was to retire in 2021; he said he stayed on to provide continuity during the uncertain early-pandemic times but now wants to be more present for his family. 

Describing the job as “intense,” Behm said, “the energy it takes to do it well is a standard that I hold as a solemn commitment. … It has been the honor and privilege of my career to do this work.”

Behm also praised the Forest Hills Board of Education for their support. Board members will begin the process to choose the next superintendent in coming weeks.

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Carol Lautenbach
Carol Lautenbach
Carol Lautenbach is a reporter and columnist for School News Network. She has been a writer since second grade when her semi-autobiographical story, "The Magic Pencil," earned her a shiny Kennedy half-dollar in a metro-Detroit contest. For three wonderful decades, Carol served Godfrey-Lee Public Schools in a variety of teaching and administrative roles. In her current work as a consultant and at SNN, she continues to be part of telling the story of the great promise of public education. Carol has also written for The Alan Review, The Rapidian and Midwest Living, and is co-author of the book, “Making Schools Work: Bringing the Science of Learning to Joyful Classroom Practice.” She loves to not cook, and she keeps her bag packed for art, outdoor and writing adventures.


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