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
David A. Clasen
Middle/High School Principal
Benzie Academy Principal
David A. Clasen, Ed.S., the principal of Benzie Central High School, Benzie Central Middle School and Benzie Academy (Alternative Education), is an experienced administrator and education professional, having served more than 25 years in Michigan public schools. Mr. Clasen is a strong believer in public education, volunteer service, and community leadership.
Catina M. Crossman
Executive Assistant to the Superintendent
Director of Communications
Pupil Accounting Specialist
Data Management | State Reporting
Benzie Central Alumni Committee
Catina Crossman grew up in Benzie County and is a former 1992 graduate of Benzie Central High School. Catina graduated from Central Michigan University in 1996 with a Bachelor’s degree in Science; double majoring in Sociology and Criminal Justice and minoring in Women’s Studies/Social Work. In her spare time, Catina enjoys reading, writing, kayaking, boating, and volunteering.
Catina married Todd Crossman in 1996, also a former Benzie Central graduate, and together they reside in Honor. They have two children, Allison (a 2020 Pandemic graduate of the University of North Carolina Greensboro) and Joseph, (a now Junior at Northwestern Michigan College). Together, they are local business owners.
Within the district, Catina has been a substitute teacher, the middle school administrative assistant, and is now pleased to be a part of the administration.
There is only one way to go, and it has always been the red and white!
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.