Muskegon school district hires superintendent


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A school district in the region has a new superintendent.

Muskegon Public Schools Board of Education voted unanimously to hire Matthew Cortez as its next superintendent.

“We look forward to welcoming Mr. Cortez to our Big Red family when we head back to school in the fall,” the district said.

Cortez has been the superintendent of Essexville-Hampton Public Schools in Bay City for the past five years. In the role, he improved enrollment, increased student achievement and growth scores, stabilized the budget, and repaired and expanded the district’s infrastructure.

He previously was the director of state and federal aid for Monroe Public Schools.

He has a B.A.Ed. degree from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in educational and leadership administration from Wayne State University.

The district said Cortez and his family discovered Muskegon while on vacation and “instantly fell in love with the beauty of the area and the friendly people they met.”

Cortez succeeds Justin Jennings.

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