Southgate welcomes new schools superintendent

Sharon Irvin

After 27 years with the Southgate Community School District, superintendent Jill Pastor is calling it a career. She will retire on Dec. 31.

Her replacement, who will begin work on Jan. 1, 2021, has already been named. 

“The Southgate Community School District voted unanimously to approve the contract of Ms. Sharon Irvine.  We as a board are very sad to see our current Superintendent, Jill Pastor go, but wish her well in her retirement.  Ms. Pastor has served this district in multiple roles for 27 years and is a Titan for life,” said Southgate School Board President Timothy Estheimer. 

Irvine comes to Southgate Community Schools with 20 years of school and district administrator experience, nine years as a human resources director and 11 years as an elementary principal.  

Most recently, Ms. Irvine  has been the Assistant Superintendent of Labor Relations and Personnel at Brighton Area Schools.  

Ms. Irvine is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University’s Education Leadership program and Wayne State Law School. 

Prior to becoming an administrator, Ms. Irvine was an elementary and middle school classroom teacher and coached volleyball and gymnastics.

“I am tremendously honored to be selected to support Southgate’s mission to be the best choice for students and parents in the role of superintendent,” said Irvine in a statement.  “I look forward to meeting the respected staff of Southgate Community Schools and the children and families that make the school community extraordinary.”

“Ms. Irvine has big shoes to fill, but I know she is up to the challenge,” said Estheimer. “I welcome her and am excited about this new chapter for Southgate Schools.  

“Through her interviews, Ms. Irvine made it clear she intends to follow our mission, to make Southgate Schools the best choice for students and parents. 

“Ms. Irvine has a wealth of knowledge and over 25 years experience that I believe will help in her role here in Southgate.  

In her career, she has been a coach, teacher, vice principal, principal, human resource director, assistant superintendent, interim superintendent and even served on a school board as board president.  Her experiences and education make her uniquely qualified to lead this district.” 

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