New superintendent starts at CLK Schools

CALUMET — Chris Davidson became the new superintendent of the Public Schools of Calumet-Laurium-Keweenaw on Jan. 2 with the start of the new semester. Davidson replaced Dale Pierce, who retired after 29 years with the district, 13 years of which were as superintendent.

Davidson, who was formerly the principal of the Horizons Alternative High School in Mohawk, is from southeast Michigan, although his wife is a native of the Upper Peninsula.

Davidson first became acquainted with the Copper Country while attending Michigan Technological University in Houghton. He fell in love with the area, he said, but found no employment opportunities in the UP. He found a job as a teacher at his alma mater, Oxford High School in Oxford, Michigan, but when he found out about the opportunity for employment in the Copper Country, he and his wife returned.

“I’ve taught in a few different schools,” Davidson said, “from Ontonagon to the Horizons Alternative High School, and the Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College in between.”

Davidson said his career in the CLK Schools District started in the Horizon school as a math and science instructor about 11 years ago.

Then the opportunity arose for him to become principal of that school, a position he held for the next six years, before spending one year as superintendent and athletic director at Chassell.

He was then offered the position of principal of Calumet High School before becoming superintendent of the school district on Jan. 2.

As for his vision of the future for the CLK School District, Davidson said it is a work in progress.

“The school is the center of a community,” he said, “it’s the core of and the heart of the district.”