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LOCS Board of Education selects Benjamin Kirby as Superintendent 

Benjamin Kirby

The LOCS Board of Education has selected Benjamin Kirby as the district’s next Superintendent, poised to lead LOCS into its next generation. 

Mr. Kirby, currently the Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services in South Lyon Community Schools, was selected by the unanimous 7-0 vote at the special remote board meeting on Monday, June 29.

The Board members shared their thoughts about the process and their rationale to support Mr. Kirby. 

With the Board’s endorsement of Mr. Kirby, negotiations will begin immediately on a contract and hopefully complete within the next week, allowing him to be formally approved by the Board at a special July 6 meeting. 

Mr. Kirby’s scheduled official start date in the district is July 20, 2020.

The Board announced the LOCS Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Rick Arnett will be the Superintendent designee until Mr. Kirby officially starts.

Mr. Kirby succeeds retiring Superintendent Marion Ginopolis, whose 10-year tenure in LOCS concludes Tuesday, June 30, with her final day of district employment.

An assistant superintendent in South Lyon since January 2018, Mr. Kirby was responsible for all aspects of Human Resources and Public Relations as well as overseeing the Transportation and Athletic Departments.

Prior to joining South Lyon, Mr. Kirby worked as an associate superintendent in Ionia Public Schools from July 2007 – January 2018.

His job included overseeing Human Resources, including negotiations. He oversaw professional development and school improvement plans, and handled communication for Ionia.

Mr. Kirby earned a bachelor of arts degree in elementary education from Michigan State University, a masters in educational leadership from Western Michigan University and an educational specialist degree in educational leadership from Grand Valley State University. 

The Lake Orion Community Schools Board of Education is thrilled to have Mr. Kirby joining the current administrative team and looks forward to many prosperous years under his leadership.