ALPENA – The current Deputy Director of the E-House at Alpena High School, Romeo Bourdage, will be promoted to Director on July 1.
Bourdage has worked with Alpena Public Schools for 30 years, starting as an adult educator in 1991.
Bourdage said the time he spent in school would help him do well in his new role.
“One of the bonuses is that I have the historical perspective”, said Bourdage. “I have this institutional knowledge which in my opinion is essential to the success that I can help lead at Alpena High School.”
Bourdage has also taught English and social studies, coached cross-country and track and field, and served as a consultant to AHS.
Alpena Superintendent Dave Rabbideau said someone who has been in the district for as long as Bourdage can help the school transition more easily to normal operation.
“It’s perfect for coming out of a year of COVID and being able to rally people, bond and really bring everyone together. “ said Rabbideau. “If we were going with someone outside in this case, they would have to get to know the community and the staff, the students before they could really start doing this work. “
Bourdage will replace principal Thomas Berriman, who will assume the leadership of Ella White Elementary School.
This story is part of the Michigan News Group internship. A collaboration between WCMU and eight newspapers, including Alpena News. Learn more at TheAlpenaNews.com and wcmu.org/alpenanews.