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2013-02-21 / Front Page

New superintendent is committed to children, education

BY TARA MORENO
810-452-2645 • tmoreno@mihomepaper.com


Rebekah Dupuis is Bentley’s new superintendent. She said she is passionately committed to serving the children of Genesee County and is specifically proud to be a Bulldog. 
Photo provided Rebekah Dupuis is Bentley’s new superintendent. She said she is passionately committed to serving the children of Genesee County and is specifically proud to be a Bulldog. Photo provided BURTON — Bentley has a new superintendent. When the district lost John Schantz last year after a year-long battle with cancer, they found Rebekah Dupuis to pick up the torch and start running.

Dupuis said she is passionately committed to serving the children and families of Genesee County.

Dupius’ background includes assistant principal at Dye Elementary and Carman- Ainsworth Middle School. She also served as principal in the Mt. Morris School District at Montague Elementary and served as assistant superintendent at Mt. Morris Consolidated Schools.

She is currently working on her Ph.D. program at Oakland University. Her focus is “developing effective programming for parents who want to extend their student’s learning beyond the school day.”

In June, she will be moving forward and finishing her Ph.D. in the next few years, she said.

She is married to a fellow teacher with three children, ages 14, 10 and 6. Her husband, she said, has been a significant role in her success.

"We have a really neat family dynamic and he keeps me grounded,” she said affectionately.

"Phil and I eat, sleep and breathe public education.”

The two taught together at Carman-Ainsworth schools.

She said her husband was the one who pushed her to apply for the position as superintendent.

"He helps me keep it real,” she said.

Dupuis said collaboration is her goal for Bentley schools.

"A big goal is to do whatever I can to get the district in a stable position and start building enrollment," she said. "I want Bentley to be the small school everyone wants to come to."

Bentley recently launched a new program in the one month I was here helped boost enrollment.

Fusion is a blended online learning package, said Dupuis.

"The program reaches out to school age kids that dropped out of school or wanted to drop out of school," she said.

Currently, there are 25 students enrolled.

She said her dreams for the district are to update the facilities, to improve their accreditation status and to increase enrollment.

"There is a lot to be done to improving the curriculum and instruction and embracing a structured improvement model," she said.

Dupuis said families are struggling. “We are not unlike other schools in Genesee County,” she said. “We need to find ways to offer support to families and not compromise the educational environment despite the economy. We need to be smart how we spend the money.”

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