Hart HS principal accepts superintendent position in UP. 

May 6, 2021

Hart High School Principal Brandon Bruce

Hart HS principal accepts superintendent position in UP. 

By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

HART – Hart High School Principal Brandon Bruce has resigned from his position to take a new job at his alma mater in the Upper Peninsula.

Bruce has accepted a job as superintendent of Gwinn Public Schools, said Hart Public Schools Superintendent Mark Platt.

Bruce has served as the Hart High School principal since July of 2018 following the retirement of Matt McDonald.

“He did a great job for us — an absolutely phenomenal job,” said Platt. “I love how he interacted with the kids; I love how he interacted with the staff; and how he got involved in the community. There wasn’t one thing that this guy did that I didn’t like. He was everything I wanted and more for our high school principal. He did a fabulous job. I am super proud of him, and I completely understand his desire to challenge himself professionally.”

It will be a homecoming for the administrator. “That’s where he graduated from, that’s where he went to school,” said Platt. “His name is on the wall for athletic records that still stand.

“It’s going to be a big loss for Hart, but we’re extremely confident we’re going to have no problem coming up with a high quality replacement.”

The position will be posted until May 19. “I am pretty confident that we will have this process brought to a close before the end of the school year.

“It’s difficult to see Brandon go, because I really, really liked this guy a ton, but I absolutely support his decision about his career pathway.”

Bruce, a Central Michigan University alumnus, played football for the Chippewas. The administrator has a strong sports background, coaching football, basketball and track for 23 years. He also was a registered official for 15 years and taught physical education for 11 years.

The Upper Peninsula native spent a year at Iron Mountain where he taught for a year. In Newberry, he transitioned from teaching to administration. He served as a part-time teacher, part-time administrator and head football coach.

He began his teaching career in 1996 in Charlevoix, where he taught for four years. He spent the bulk of his administration career in Union City, where he was a middle school principal for 11 years. 

Bruce obtained his bachelor’s degree in education in 1995 and then a master’s degree in administration from CMU.

OCP was unsuccessful in immediately connecting with Bruce for comment.

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