Co-Workers Remember Lost Alma Schools Super 7-26-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Co-Workers Remember Lost Alma Schools Super 7-26-2010

A plane on a medical mission went down in Lake Michigan Friday morning while carrying five people from Alma.
The pilot of the plane, Jerry Freed, was rescued a few hours later, but four others remain missing.
One of those missing is Don Pavlik, the superintendent of the Alma Public School District.
Pavlik was being ferried to a treatment facility in Rochester, Minn., for cancer treatment. His wife, Irene, was with him on the flight.
Alma High School Principal Don Everhart worked with Pavlik for more than a decade and a half and said he was a special man with a gift.
“He was the kind of guy that would make sure the kids got a chance at getting an education, no matter what,” said Everhart. “He cared about the school and the students inside.”
Everhart said Pavlik was a dedicated leader with a sense of humor.
“He would come in [during] the morning [and] sing goofy songs,” said Everhart. “He knew a lot of them and it would set the tone for the day.”
Administrative assistant Wendy Guyette was often the first person to greet Pavlik at the start of the work day.
“If you asked Don to help you carry 10 bales of hay, he would, just because you had asked him to help,” said Guyette. “He was always there to lend a hand; that's the kind of man he was.”
School board leaders said Tuesday's meeting to discuss the upcoming bond issue is still on schedule, but it could be some time before they discuss filling the vacancy in the superintendents’ office.
WNEM.com and TV5 will have the latest developments on the plane crash as they come into the newsroom.
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