OWOSSO – Owosso Public Schools on Monday announced a number of administrative changes for the 2021-22 school year.
Dallas Lintner, currently the district athletic director and deputy high school principal, will take charge of Lincoln High School for 2021-2022. Lincoln principal Steve Irelan will move on to high school, as deputy principal and athletic director.
Bruce Holladay, who was recently hired at Taylor Schools, will replace longtime principal Jeff Phillips, who is retiring this month after spending 19 years in the district, 11 of which as principal.
“Every administrator at Owosso public schools is committed to the schools of Owosso and our great community,” Superintendent Andrea Tuttle said via email after Monday’s announcement. “Every administrator lives in this district and constantly goes above and beyond for our students, their colleagues and our community. “
The Owosso Public Schools School Board agreed to hire Lintner, an Owosso alumnus, as athletic director and vice-principal in August 2010. He previously held a similar position for the Linden School District for two years. .
Lintner replaced Phillips, who at the time was promoted to high school principal.
In a message to families across the district on Monday, Lintner expressed his immense gratitude to the many coaches and staff he has had the opportunity to work with over the past 11 years.
“My best friendships and many of my fondest memories come from my time at Owosso High School,” Lintner said, adding, “I have been able to serve alongside the high school faculty, staff and coaches of Owosso, and it has truly been the greatest honor of my life.
Lintner praised the close bonds forged between students and staff at Lincoln High School since its inception, a tradition he hopes to continue.
“Steve (Irelan) and I have been friends and colleagues for several years. We will both continue to support each other in our respective transitions as we all move forward to create strong learning opportunities for our students, ”said Lintner.
Irelan took the reins as Principal of Lincoln High School in 2015. His previous experience included extensive experience with the 35th Family Division of Shiawassee County Circuit Court, for which he worked as Principal. of the youth center for seven years.
Addressing the upcoming administrative changes, Irelan described the move as bittersweet.
“Bitter because Lincoln High School has been my home and family that I have worked closely with for the past six years. Sweet, because I am passionate about sports and a champion in youth and youth sports. high schools and I’m excited to be a part of the growth opportunities in OHS athletic programs and with our student-athletes, ”he said.“ I know this is all going to create growing pains, but I know and trust that everything happens for a reason. “
Irelan said he had great respect for Lintner, describing his friendship and mentorship as “extremely valuable”.
“I know things are going to be okay on both sides because that’s how we all ride,” said Irelan. “We’re making a difference and doing our best on behalf of the students. This transition will be a continuation of good things for Lincoln students.
Tuttle presented the upcoming movement as mutually beneficial.
“The recent change in post of Dr Lintner and Mr Irelan benefits students by having two experienced and highly qualified individuals in key roles, infusing new ideas and strategies into their respective programs,” she said. “Dr. Lintner and Mr. Irelan were up for a new challenge and I look forward to each of them taking their respective programs to new heights to continue to provide exceptional opportunities to all Owosso students.
Holladay comes to Owosso High School with 18 years of experience in education, most recently as Deputy Director of Vocational and Technical Education and Virtual Learning for the Taylor School District.
Holladay has also taught high school digital media arts during his career, as well as communication and education courses at Eastern Michigan University, University of Michigan-Flint, and Lawrence Technological University.
“Owosso High School has a long history of excellence,” Holladay said. “My goal is to continue to support the incredible work that is taking place here while pushing us all to be innovative and forward-looking.
“I will help OHS staff set goals and continually improve their practice,” he continued. “I will do whatever it takes to help others find their rhythm and surpass myself. In doing so, we put our students in the same position for personal and academic success.