Bill Newby

Message from GLS District 36

Superintendent of Schools
Dr. William Newby

June 1, 2019

Dear Grass Lake District #36 Students, Parents, Staff, and Community,

“The joy of retirement comes in those everyday pursuits that embrace the joy of life; to experience daily the freedom to invest one's life-long knowledge for the betterment of others; and, to allocate time to pursuits that only received, in years of working, a fleeting moment.” – Byron Pulsifer


The end of the school year is upon us and brings with it a flurry of activity and special events. Teachers are busy wrapping up their instruction, students are busy turning in their last assignments, and parents are running all over to attend field trips, dances, banquets, graduations and class parties. This is the normal craziness that happens as school ends at GLS!


However, this year we have an added special event.  Mr. Dave Tomei and Mr. Jack Hall are retiring.  Together they have more than 57 years of teaching experience, have taught more than 800 GLS students, attended hundreds of school events and impacted the lives of multiple generations of families!  They have invested in our school community and we have all benefited from it. 


So, as they prepare for retirement I want to thank them for their contributions to the GLS community, their willingness to sacrifice their own family time to attend events at GLS, for their willingness to share their experiences with our students and inspire them to become life-long learners. 


We wish them the best of luck in this new and exciting journey! We hope that they find joy in retirement through the freedom to choose daily whom they will bless with their presence, knowledge, and wisdom.  We wish health and happiness be returned to them for their many years of dedication and service to the GLS community. 


Enjoy retirement gentlemen and remember we are always looking for substitutes!!!


To all the students, staff, and parents, have a great summer and we look forward to seeing you in August!!!!!



William Newby Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Grass Lake District # 36