ADRIAN – New leadership will be in place at Adrian High School for the beginning of the 2022-23 school year, now that Sam Skeels has officially been named the new Adrian High School principal.
Skeels’ appointment to the leadership role was unanimously approved by the Adrian Public Schools Board of Education during its Monday meeting, despite absences from vice president Jon Baucher, secretary Mike Buku and trustee Rudy Flores.
Superintendent Nate Parker shook hands with Skeels and congratulated him for being promoted to high school principal. Skeels has been principal at Lincoln Elementary School for more than 10 years. He previously was an assistant principal at Springbrook Middle School and a physical education instructor for the district before becoming principal at Lincoln. He holds a specialist’s degree in educational leadership from Siena Heights University, where he also received his bachelor’s degree. He has a master’s degree in teaching from Marygrove College.
“The energy (Sam) brings to Lincoln speaks for itself,” Parker said during Monday’s board meeting. “He has brought forward a vision and a plan for being a high school principal, and we are really excited to see what he is going to do. I’m excited to start working with him. ”
Skeels will take over as Adrian High School principal July 1. Current Principal Mike Perez, who has been with the Adrian schools district for 33 years, is retiring. His final day is June 30.
Last week, an interview selection committee, which consisted of Adrian parents, school staff members, board of education members and administrators, recommended Skeels as Perez’s successor. Two finalists emerged in the search process, Skeels and Onsted Community Schools educator Dan Terryberry. At least 10 candidates applied for the position.
Trustee Michael Ballard delivered praise for Skeels during Monday’s meeting and said the district picked the right person for the job.
“We met and interviewed several excellent candidates,” he said. “Any one of them would be an excellent administrator at any school district. I strongly believe that we are the best choice for the job. ”
Ballard said Skeels’ interview and what he proposed and brought to the table set him apart. His interview was one of the most complete interviews Ballard said he has ever been a part of.
Trustee Tamaris Henagan said students are excited about having Skeels in a leadership role at the high school.
“It’s really nice to know that the kids are excited about a principal’s promotion,” she said.
Audience members applauded Skeels’ appointment, and some of those present for the meeting congratulated him during the public comment portion of the meeting.
Skeels said he is planning to bring a new vision and a new era of leadership to Adrian High School.
“This whole process reaffirmed that I’m where I’m supposed to be,” he said. “I am excited to make things happen for the kids at Adrian High School.”
During his time at Lincoln, Skeels has implemented many initiatives such as the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program, Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) and curricula improvements. He also leads several community activities including “Fall into Fitness” and other health-related events.