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Michigan's HR Administrator of the Year Award

The Michigan Association of School Personnel Administrators awarded Rick Arnett Michigan’s Outstanding HR Administrator of the Year at the 2018 Winter Conference held at the Crowne Plaza Lansing West hotel.  Rick is the Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources at Lake Orion Community Schools.

“Rick is the most dedicated, knowledgeable and competent human resources administrator with whom I have worked in the education profession,” LOCS Superintendent Marion Ginopolis wrote in her letter of recommendation. “Rick has transformed the entire Lake Orion Community Schools HR structure, which has positioned the school district to be one that is seen as very desirable for employment.”

Among his achievements in LOCS: creating a comprehensive process for selection and retention of quality staff, initiating and operationalizing teacher, administrator and superintendent evaluation systems, and streamlining many of the HR systems and functions.

Arnett has served his profession on the local, state and national levels with extraordinary results.

He recently completed a term as the president of the AASPA, the national school human resources personnel organization, part of the six years he has spent on the organization’s executive board.

He held the presidency on the state level for MASPA in 2015, part of his eight years on the executive board, including his current position as a trustee.

Locally, he is active with the OAPSA, the Oakland County group and the Council of Chief Negotiators.

Arnett has been an employee at Lake Orion Community Schools since July 2015.  He previously held administrative positions in West Bloomfield, Monroe, Delton Kellogg and Maple Valley as an administrator. His career began as special education teacher.

“Rick Arnett is a great leader! He is by no means a micro manager and encourages us to make decisions on our own,” said Shannon Lewis, LOCS’ Human Resources Specialist. “Rick encourages all of us to take appropriate PD when available which helps make us all better at our jobs. I consider him more than a boss, but a mentor. I truly think Rick is giving me opportunities to develop my skills so I will be prepared for a bigger role in the future.”