New Otsego superintendent Jeffrey Haase was very selective when he applied for the Otsego job.
An already-outstanding district is a great opportunity, Haase said.
“The academic success and the opportunities that are provided there for kids,” he said. “The educational value I experienced during my tour and talks with people, not just with staff, but with community members.”
After hearing that Dennis Patzer intended to retire at the end of June this year, Haase said he very much aimed at Otsego.
“I was specific on districts I wanted to apply to, I applied to Otsego, and it was the one that really interested me the most,” he said.
He said the situation in Otsego will also be good as it’s not too far away from his daughters, Kaleigh, who works for the Newaygo County Regional Educational Services Agency in Fremont and Kelsie, a sophomore at Baker College in Muskegon, studying accounting.
Haase’s wife, Jennifer, works at Muskegon Area Intermediate School District as a special education financial specialist.
He is eager to get to work.
“I’m really looking forward to starting in July and meeting staff, community members and parents,” Haase said. “The big thing will be to be part of that community and getting to know people.”