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Marlette announces new Superintendent

After conducting an extensive search for its next Superintendent, the Marlette Community Schools Board of Education has announced the selection of current Memphis Community Schools Jr./Sr. High School Principal and Curriculum Director,
Mr. Matthew Karaffa. He will begin his tenure with Marlette on July 1, following the retirement of current Marlette
Superintendent, Sarah Barratt.
“We are excited and proud to welcome Mr. Karaffa to Marlette Community Schools. We had an outstanding pool of candidates, and Mr. Karaffa is the person we feel best represents all of the qualities we were looking for to move our District forward,” said Jaime Macumber, President of the Marlette Board of Education. “It was clear in the interview process that Mr. Karaffa will bring enthusiasm, drive, and energy to our District. He has a diverse background, ranging from construction trades to various education positions, which will be an asset as we look at curriculum, our facilities, and helping our students with their postsecondary plans. Marlette is in a great place academically and financially, and we know Mr. Karaffa will continue to help us grow and be even better. I want to thank our Board of Education, staff, and community members for their input during this search process. I look forward to introducing Mr. Karaffa to all of you and seeing what we can accomplish together.”
“Mr. Karaffa’s career in education demonstrates a proven track record of enhancing public education with an unwavering commitment to all students and educators,” added Neal Bishop, Vice President of the Marlette Board of Education. “The search generated a high level of interest from many strong candidates, and the Board used the feedback from community members and staff to evaluate each applicant. We are excited about Mr. Karaffa’s dedication to building a culture of excellence and his focus on growing and maintaining a high level of achievement. We look forward to welcoming him to Marlette and providing our full support.”
Mr. Karaffa joined Memphis in 2017 as Jr/Sr. High School Principal, later adding the responsibilities of Curriculum Director.
Mr. Karaffa’s other leadership experience includes one year with the Unionville-Sebawaing Area School District as the
Elementary Principal, as well as two years as Principal of Kelly Middle School in Eastpointe (formerly East Detroit). His career in education began as a teacher in Madison Heights and Harper Woods.
“I am honored to join Marlette Community Schools and work with the incredible Marlette team to build upon the success of one of the area’s highest achieving districts,” said Mr. Karaffa. “During my career, I have focused on building a positive culture and improving academic outcomes for all students and I believe great things are ahead for Marlette Schools. I will be touring areas throughout the district to introduce myself and meet the wonderful people who call this special place home. It’s a great time to choose to be a Red Raider and I look forward to being an active part of this community.”
The Marlette Board of Education was assisted in its search by the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB). Prior to the search, MASB conducted a thorough survey of community members, parents, and staff regarding their priorities in finding the next superintendent. Nearly 100 individuals participated in the feedback process, which guided the development of a candidate profile.
Marlette Community Schools is planning to host a variety of opportunities for community members to meet Mr. Karaffa.
Details will be provided in the coming weeks.

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