SAGINAW — Saginaw Area Catholic Schools Regional Superintendent and Nouvel Catholic Central High School Principal, Irene Hensinger announced she will retire at the end of the 2011-12 school year. Hensinger, who has held the dual position for three years, made the announcement Monday to allow adequate time for a replacement to be found and to offer support for a smooth administrative transition.
“I will miss the daily interactions and will leave with many fond memories,” Hensinger said. “I will continue to be a strong advocate for quality Catholic schools in my retirement.”
With Hensinger at the helm, faith formation was strengthened across Saginaw Area Catholic Schools with more frequent Eucharistic celebrations and the dedication of the St. Paul Oratory inside Nouvel Catholic Central. She put a comprehensive curriculum into place, enhanced the art program with new offerings during and after school, and expanded services to meet the needs of gifted students. This past summer, she oversaw the multi-million dollar renovation of Nouvel Catholic Central and helped bring state-of the art technology into all Saginaw Area Catholic School classrooms.
“I am most grateful to Irene for her creativity and vision over the last three years,” said Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Mary Ann Deschaine. “With her leadership, enrollment has increased at Nouvel and it is our hope to keep that momentum going as we search for her replacement.”
Hensinger, who is a licensed attorney, retired once before from her position as principal at Handley School in Saginaw. She said she is looking forward to spending more time with her children and grandchildren who live across the country.
The Saginaw Area Catholic School system, which includes two elementary/middle schools and Nouvel Catholic Central High School, is home to more than 1,100 students. School leaders, teachers and staff are committed to excellence in faith formation, academics, athletics, the arts and community service.