Peacock retiring from EPS

EVART — Dennis Peacock, who has served as principal at Evart High School for four years, will retire from the district on June 30.

"I think it's just time," Peacock said. "I'm very excited to have some time and to be at home a little more."

He has spent more than 30 years in education, including 14 in Jonesville as a teacher and coach, seven years in Newberry as a middle school principal and five years in Hesperia as a high school principal before joining the EPS district in 2012.

Though he will no longer be an administrator, Peacock said he wants to stay involved in the district and keep coaching track and field. He also plans on volunteering and possibly being a substitute teacher, he said. In addition, he hopes to spend time fishing, golfing, traveling, visiting his children and relaxing.

"I think I'll miss the people at Evart," he added. "I like our kids and the staff has been great. On a daily basis, it's the people I'll miss the most."

Evart Public Schools Board of Education members accepted his formal resignation letter at a meeting on May 9, and also gave the OK for Superintendent Shirley Howard to post the position as soon as possible. Board member Gerald Nichols was not present.

In more business, Howard asked for the board's verbal approval to post a math or science industrial arts teaching position to be shared between the middle and high school. She said the district has the funds for the position and she believes industrial arts is important to bring back to EPS. The district still owns the needed equipment. Board members agreed with Howard and gave her the OK to proceed.

In other business, board members:

  • approved the resignation of teacher Cassie Campbell and bus driver Gloria McLachlan, and approved Steve Kitchen as the girls' junior varsity basketball coach for the 2016-17 school year;
  • approved a motion to allow Dawn VanOrder to move from food service to a custodial position;
  • approved posting the sale of three building trades lots for no less than $5,000 each; and,
  • approved a motion allowing the high school wrestling club to join a local league.