Shanafelt to step in as Flushing schools superintendent July 1

FLUSHING — The Flushing Community Schools Board of Education has approved the appointments of Matt Shanafelt to superintendent and Andrew Schmidt to deputy superintendent effective July 1.

Shanafelt currently serves as deputy superintendent, Schmidt as executive director of curriculum and instruction.

Schmidt’s appointment leaves an opening for a new curriculum director. The school board was to post the job last week.

Shanafelt replaces Superintendent Tim Stein, who is retiring after 23 years with the Flushing Community Schools.

“I am humbled by your support, and honored by your trust,” Shanafelt said of the board’s unanimous decision to promote him. “I will put everything I have into being the type of leader this district deserves. I consider myself extremely fortunate to have spent the last five years of my career in Flushing.”

Shanafelt is a Flushing High School graduate and he lives in the Flushing school district.

“The strength of our school system is in the incredible people … and the passion on display in the support of our students and families,” he said. “This district has always meant a lot to me. I feel blessed to be able to continue to work with the Raider family.”

Board President Salvatore Ausiello said Shanafelt has the respect of the staff and the credentials and skills to continue to lead the district in a positive direction.

“The education and personal development of students are his number one priority,” he said.

Ausiello, board Vice President Elisa Cantwil and Trustee Megan LaCureux comprised the superintendent search committee that unanimously voted to recommend the appointments of both Shanafelt and Schmidt.

Shanafelt said Schmidt is committed to ensuring the district flourishes and will fulfill his new duties with passion and pride. He also remarked on Schmidt’s skills, intelligence, work ethic and dependability.

“He is highly respected in our district and county,” he said.

Stein commented that, with Shanafelt and Schmidt at the helm, he can retire knowing the district will continue to move forward and “do great things for the kids.”

Cantwil described Stein is “the gold standard of educational leadership.”

“You’re going out with a bang,” she said, referring to the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. “The last couple of months of your tenure, you’re stepping up to make sure everyone’s needs are met.”

Stein served as Flushing superintendent for 10 years. Before that, he was assistant superintendent and principal at Central Elementary School. His career also included stints as a teacher in the Fenton Area Public Schools and principal at Grand Blanc Community Schools.

Shanafelt’s resume includes service as Flushing’s executive director of curriculum and instruction, principal at Davison High School, assistant principal at Grand Blanc High School, and social studies teacher in the Grand Blanc Community Schools.

Schmidt previously served as principal at Flushing Middle School.