DAVE MOORE (center) will have spent five years as superintendent of the Corunna Public Schools when he retires at the end of June, and the school system has come a long way under his leadership. The Corunna community has always supported its Cavaliers, but in the past five years, Moore has seen the community come together to pass a $16.5 bond, and he is proud to be able to say that every goal he established upon taking the job in 2013 has been accomplished.

  Among a long list of accomplishments, Moore has overseen the balancing of the CPS budget; a plethora of technological, curriculum and infrastructure improvements and the addition of an at-risk program; the sale of the Shiawassee Street School; and a district-wide stratification.

(Independent Photo/Graham Sturgeon)


by Graham Sturgeon, co-editor

After 39 years as an educator and administrator, Corunna Public Schools Superintendent Dave Moore will retire at the end of the calendar year, on June 30, after five years as superintendent. Previously, Moore had taught in the CPS system from 1979 to 1981 and from 1985 to 1990, he was the middle school principal from 1994 until 2006, athletic director from 1990 until 2006, and assistant principal from 1990 until 1994. He also coached athletic teams and served as an interim technology coordinator, among many other duties.

With 13 years as a teacher, 16 as a principal or athletic director, and 12 in the central offices of the Corunna and Mt. Morris school systems, in addition to his years of coaching, Moore has experienced many levels of the educational system. The most noteworthy portion of Moore’s career came during his time at Corunna Middle School, from 1994 to 2006, but he has always enjoyed making an impact, no matter his level of influence.

“Each job presented different challenges and each was rewarding in its own way, but I loved them all,” Moore shared. “As a coach and a teacher, I was right there watching the kids grow and change every day. When I became an assistant principal, I focused more on creating a positive culture in the school. And then working in the central office, I have been able to watch the community come together and I have been better able to engage the community. When I coached swimming, I always told them, ‘go hard or go home,’ and that is what I have done throughout my career. I always gave full effort in whatever I was doing.”

Moore has had many mentors during his time at CPS, and each played a role in molding Moore into the educator and administrator he has become. Some of the most influential include sup’t Duane Ash, Roger Rathbun, athletic director Jim Duffield, principal Dick Ziegler and sup’t John Smith. Each helped Moore establish his morals and teaching style, and they were instrumental in showing Moore the “Corunna Way.” Additionally, Moore fondly recalls the years he spent teaching and coaching with “M & M Team” cohort Scott Moeller, who Moore still considers a “great friend.”

Moore and his wife, Nancy, will celebrate 41 years of marriage on May 21, and the couple have raised two children, Allison and Anna. Moore looks forward to spending more time with his family, including his three grandchildren, his mother and father, and his four brothers.

Beyond that, Moore’s dedication to CPS has left little time for retirement plans. “I plan to spend some time reflecting,” explained Moore. “I love my family, so I look forward to spending more time with them, coaching my grandkids’ teams, maybe golfing a little. It will be a new adventure for me.”

After spending the last five years living the 24/7 life of a superintendent, Moore will not be “retiring to a rocking chair.” Moore cannot completely close the door on working again in the future, but he and Nancy plan to stay in the Corunna area, in the community they love and that has embraced them over the years.


Corunna Superintendent to Begin ‘New Adventure’ was last modified: April 30th, 2018 by Karen Elford