BALDWIN — After seven years of serving Baldwin Community Schools, Superintendent Stiles Simmons announced his resignation to the Baldwin Community Schools Board of Education during their meeting on Monday. He read the announcement in a letter to board members at the end of the meeting.

Simmons, who has worked with the school since 2011, has been accepted as superintendent of the Westwood Community School District, near Detroit, and will begin his new position July 1, 2018.

Simmons said it was with sorrow he made the announcement and after much prayer and consultation with family and friends, he chose to accept the position at Westwood. He said during the seven years he served as superintendent, he worked to instill a sense of hope for students and families.

“This is a bittersweet moment, because Baldwin is like home to me. I have thoroughly enjoyed raising my children here and being closely connected with family,” he said. “Additionally, I have formed many positive relationships with students, staff, parents and community members. We have done many wonderful things here over the past seven years. There are several staff, students and families that I have grown especially close to and I know we will continue to have close relations.

“I will especially miss working with the board of education. In my time here, the board has not wavered from its commitment to the children of the Baldwin Community Schools District. I am extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with such a special group of individuals.”

Board of Education President Shawn Washington said Simmons not only served the school district, but stepped up to serve the community as well.

“In the seven years Stiles has been here, he has definitely been an education leader in the community, school district and region,” she said. “Because of his leadership, innovation and strategies, he was able to move the district toward student growth and achievement. As a board, he taught us the importance of data and how to use it to improve the district.

“As a board we will miss him. He has taught us a lot. He is leaving us with a lot of knowledge and experience. Although our hearts are sad he is leaving this district, we know we are in a good position to move forward.”

Simmons said he will continue to work diligently to see major projects and initiatives completed or are on the path of success before he leaves, including revision of the teacher and administrator evaluation model for the 2018-2019 school year, passage of the school bond proposal, preparing recommendations for the K-12 staffing plan, presenting a fiscally responsible budget proposal for the 2018-19 school year and continuing to revise and improve school safety procedures and capabilities.

“My family and I will still stay connected with the area. We will continue to visit our home here and I plan to retire here,” he said.