District Superintendent

Dr. Jay Kulbertis
District Superintendent
Gladstone Area Public Schools

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  Gladstone Area Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Jay Kulbertis was selected as the district's CEO in April, 2007, after previously serving the district as High School principal for six years. Dr. Kulbertis came to the Gladstone Area School District from the Escanaba Area Public Schools, where he served as High School Principal. Additionally to the Principal position, Dr. Kulbertis served as Assistant High School principal for the Escanaba School District from 1997 through 2000.
  Dr. Kulbertis's lifelong work in education began as a teacher and coach in the Engadine Consolidated School District in 1988, and progressed through numerous teaching and administrative positions. From 1989 through 1997, he taught a full spectrum of Social Studies and English at Manistee High School.  In addition to academics, athletics has always played an important role in Dr. Kulbertis's career. While teaching in the  Engadine and Manistee districts, Dr. Kulbertis coached both varsity football and varsity track.

  A native of Negaunee, Michigan, Dr. Kulbertis earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Social Sciences and English; Secondary Education from Northern Michigan University in 1987.  He also did his  post-graduate work at Northern Michigan University, earning a Masters of Arts degree in Education Administration. In 2004, after having spent a considerable amount of time working in the education field, Dr. Kulbertis began the coursework for his Doctoral degree. In 2006, he was awarded the Doctor of Education degree from Central Michigan University. He has since completed additional post-graduate studies, and is currently an adjunct-professor for Central Michigan University. Dr. Kulbertis's educational philosophy focuses on making the connection between education and the needs of all students that will enable them to become productive members of society.

  While overseeing a school district of 1600+ students and a budget of over $13 million, Dr. Kulbertis has championed smaller class sizes, increased student and staff accountability, and improved student achievement. As part of his commitment to student accountability, Dr. Kulbertis implemented a comprehensive student attendance policy that has dramatically reduced the number of un-excused absences. Guided by the strong belief that students cannot learn if they are not in class, Dr. Kulbertis worked with students, staff, and parents to develop a policy that works to the benefit of all involved. As a direct result of this policy, at-risk student achievement has steadily risen.

Under the leadership of Dr. Kulbertis, Gladstone Area Public Schools students have consistently outperformed their peers on the Michigan Education Assessment Test. 

(October 2007)


Dr. Jay Kulbertis
400 South 10th Street
Gladstone, MI 49837
Tel:  (906) 428-2417
Fax: (906) 789-8457
[email protected]

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