The mission of the Benzie County Central School community is to provide a safe learning environment that motivates all students to reach their highest potential by providing the necessary skills to become life long learners and leaders in a changing society.
We believe each child can learn and achieve to their highest potential
We believe the school must be a positive, safe, and comfortable learning environment
We believe the school must inspire self-confidence, self-motivation, and self-discipline in all students
We believe a child’s education is positively influenced by parental and community involvement
We believe our students will become responsible community members
Matthew P. Olson – Superintendent
Matt began as the superintendent of Benzie Central Schools in July of 2016, moving with his family to the area from his hometown of Flushing, MI. He comes with previous experience as a science teacher, assistant principal/athletic director, principal, and most recently as the director of innovative programs in the Lapeer Community Schools. Matt holds a bachelors degree in Biology from the University of Michigan-Flint alongside a Masters degree in K-12 Administration from Michigan State University and an Ed. Specialists degree in Educational Leadership from Oakland University. He resides in Benzonia with his wife and three children, all of whom attend Benzie Schools.
Michele Murray – Director of Finance
Michele became our Director of Finance in August of 2016. She brings experience in school finance and accounting through recent work in both the TBAISD and the Traverse City Area Public Schools. In addition, Michele also has classroom experience as a secondary French teacher in the State of Illinois. She holds a degree in accounting from Ferris State University as well as a Bachelor’s degree in French and Psychology from Illinois College. She resides in Traverse City with her husband.
Jennifer Mitchell – Accounts Payable
Diane Fernelius – Payroll