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Issue Date: Wednesday, May 04, 2011 Issue: May 2011 Last Update: Wednesday, June 15, 2011
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Deputy Superintendent to retire
Deputy Superintendent Kenson Siver of Southfield Pubic Schools plans to retire in June after 44 years of service to the district. At one point in his career, he advised The Southfield Jay student newspaper. -
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After 44 years of unwavering commitment to Southfield Public Schools, Dr. Kenson J. Siver says he plans to retire this summer from his position as deputy superintendent.

 

The severe budget distress in education across Michigan has caught up with Southfield Public Schools, and Siver says he’s worn out by it. “The state legislature’s money games really make it difficult to keep your head above water, and it’s been really stressful being forced into decisions that you don’t want to make,” he says. “I have a lot of different activities that I look forward to (in retirement), and I think it’ll be good for someone younger in the middle of their career to take over the duties of the job.”

 

Siver has a rich history in Southfield. He has been a proud member of the Southfield City Council for 10 years and has served as a teacher and advisor in various Southfield schools. These positions include advising the yearbook and teaching history and English at Thompson, as well as teaching journalism and advising the Southfield Jay newspaper at Southfield High.

 

Siver also wrote the book on Southfield. He’s the author of "Southfield: The History of Our City in its 50th Year,” detailing Southfield’s evolution as a city.

 

Looking back on his career, Siver says his most enjoyable days were spent at Southfield High. “I absolutely loved advising the (Southfield) Jay. I’ve always considered myself a teacher and have always appreciated good writing, so that was very enjoyable for me.”

 

Siver says he is leaving the school district with mixed emotions. “I’ll miss a lot of things about it,” Siver admits. “I’ve really enjoyed my jobs, and I’ll definitely miss working with a phenomenal group of principals, and all of the different students I’ve encountered over the years.”

 

Superintendent Dr. Wanda Cook-Robinson says she appreciates Siver’s contributions to the school system and the community. “For six great years it’s been fantastic to work with Dr. Siver,” Cook-Robinson says. “We’re all saddened by his decision, and it represents the end of an era.”

 

Cook-Robinson says she has many fond memories of working with Siver. She chuckles when recalling his coordination of the spending of the bond money granted to Southfield Public Schools in 2002. “We call him a miser,” she says. “He was always watching over that bond and knew where every single penny went. I’ll always remember that as well as the consistent communication and connectedness he provided us.”

 

Siver’s reach extends far past the people he works with, as people recognize him through his book as well as through his work on City Council. Southfield High senior Leslie Robinson says she came across Siver’s book while working on a project at Southfield High. She also sat across from Siver at board meetings all year in her capacity as Southfield High’s student representative to the school board.

Robinson says, “I saw the time he put into his book about Southfield and knew that our school was in good hands with someone who cared as much as him helping lead the way.” Robinson adds, “It’s sad to hear that he’s retiring.”

 

While Siver is retiring from his position as deputy superintendent, he says he will still be involved in the Southfield community through his work on City Council.

 

What else does the future hold for him? He says he plans on vacationing and engaging in some of the fun that he’s had to pass on over the years, but he also says he plans on keeping a close eye on the happenings of the school system.“I just hope we continue to have students who are passionate about learning, and staff members who are equally passionate about providing them with a quality education and valuable new experiences.”


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