AMA ESD bids farewell to longest-tenured employee

Tony Suszek

ALPENA — The longest-tenured employee at the Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District will retire at the end of this school year.

On Thursday, the AMA ESD Board of Education accepted a letter from Assistant Superintendent of Non-Instructional Services Tony Suszek saying he will retire on June 30 after 40 years with the district.

Suszek said during Thursday’s meeting that the employees he works with are like family to him.

“I think the timing is great for me to leave,” he said. “I think we’re in a good place.”

Suszek said Superintendent Scott Reynolds has been studying the finances of the district and what the district’s budget will look like the next couple of years, so he’s prepared for when Suszek leaves.

Suszek, who works primarily with the business office, said Coordinator of Business Melissa Cook and Accounting Supervisor Margaret Negro are ready to take over that office.

“I can’t say enough about my staff in the business office,” Suszek said. “For me, to mentor others around the state, but especially those two, they are such great people.”

With Suszek’s retirement, Reynolds said a team will be established to find someone to lead the business office.

Reynolds said the assistant superintendent position will not be filled after Suszek leaves in June.

“Tony Suszek himself is irreplaceable,” Reynolds said. “I’ve been privileged and honored to work with Tony. He’s challenged me to grow in my position and (he’s) also never been afraid or shied away from my questions as I’ve worked to learn more as the superintendent.”

Reynolds said Suszek cares about the students and that it’s not uncommon to see him at Pied Piper School for events.

“He will definitely be missed, but he’s also pledged continued support and to be available and we look forward to these next months of continuing to plan for his transition and continue the success,” Reynolds said.

A couple of Suszek’s greatest achievements while working for the AMA ESD are clean audits at the local, state, and federal level and receiving the Distinguished Service Award from the Michigan School Business Officials group in 2005.

When he retires, Suszek said he will relax, travel, exercise, fish, hunt, and spend time with family.

“I’ll be leaving on June 30 and I just want to thank the board, the staff, and the entire community for the support I got over the years,” he said. “This has been a fantastic place to work.”

Julie Goldberg can be reached at 989-358-5688 or jgoldberg@thealpenanews.com. Follow her on Twitter @jkgoldberg12.