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BAS board approves new principal for Hilton Elementary

When students return to Hilton Elementary School in Brighton in September, they will be greeted by a new principal.

The Brighton Board of Education unanimously voted last week to appoint Erin Belanger to be Hilton’s new principal. Belanger has been at Hornung Elementary School for the past five years as a 4th grade teacher. Prior to that she taught for a year in Westland and began her career in 2013 as a middle school social studies and English teacher in Palo Alto, California.

“I am extremely pleased to announce that Erin Belanger will become the next principal at Hilton Elementary School,” said BAS Superintendent Dr. Matthew Outlaw. “She has been a classroom teacher and teacher leader for 11 years and, during this time, has distinguished herself as an outstanding educator, culture-builder and student advocate.”

Outlaw said the district had an “outstanding” pool of applicants and were “thrilled that one of our own rose to the top during this rigorous interview process.”

Belanger replaces Cody Rudolph, who is moving on to become the 7th grade principal at Scranton Middle School this fall.

Cory Rudolph

“Cody has done a fantastic job at Hilton over the past two years, but we are excited to put his extensive and successful secondary leadership experience to use at Scranton in the fall,” said Outlaw. “Mr. Rudolph will be replacing Scranton principal, Patrick Borg, who has chosen to return to the classroom in Brighton in the fall.  Mr. Borg has done an outstanding job as co-principal at Scranton alongside Principal Bill Renner.  He has left his positive mark on the school and we are pleased that he will remain a member of the Brighton family.  We thank Mr. Borg for his service and welcome Mrs. Belanger to Hilton and Mr. Rudolph to Scranton Middle School.”

Patrick Borg

Belanger earned both a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and her master’s in curriculum and school psychology from Michigan State University.

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