Superintendent Contract Renewed

Superintendent Contract Renewed
Posted on 06/25/2024
Superintendent Contract Renewed

At its meeting on Monday, June 24, the Comstock Board of Education finalized its annual evaluation of Superintendent Jeff Thoenes (“TAY-ness”), rating him as “highly effective” for the third year in a row as the leader of Comstock Public Schools. His contract has been renewed through the 2026-27 school year.

“Highly effective” is the highest evaluation possible for a superintendent. The review process is detailed and comprehensive and covers topics including Board, staff, and community relations; maintenance of facilities; business and financial practices; educational and instructional leadership; student academic growth; and strategic planning. The District uses the evaluation tool developed by the Michigan Association of School Boards.

Comstock’s Board President Pamela Dickinson praised Dr. Thoenes as “a true champion of young learners in our District.” She emphasized that “there is no one I would rather see leading Comstock Public Schools. His leadership and vision for the district are precisely what this community needs at this crucial time.”

During Dr. Thoenes’ tenure, district voters approved a sinking fund ballot measure in 2019 which has allowed for key repairs and upkeep of aging infrastructure; that same year, Dr. Thoenes led the “reconfiguration” of the District, and, with approval of the Board, targeted funds from the 2016 bond to rebuild Northeast Middle School as Comstock Elementary School. North Elementary was converted to Comstock Middle School, and Green Meadow Elementary was transformed into the Comstock Early Learning Academy.

Dr. Thoenes also led efforts to pass a 2022 bond proposal which provided $39.4M in funding to renovate Comstock High School and to build the District’s first new school building in over 50 years. The District will break ground in July on the new Comstock STEM Academy, designated as a Reward School in 2023 by MDE due to scoring in the top 5% of all schools in Michigan on state assessments. The new building is expected to open for the 2026-27 school year.

As a result of multiple factors including improved educational programming and the renovation of the buildings, over the past three years, the District has experienced a sharp increase in enrollment, topping 2000 students after the fall count in 2023 for the first time since 2014.

Thoenes was hired as the Comstock Superintendent in the spring of 2018, replacing Todd Mora, who resigned after 18 years of service to the district as business manager and superintendent.