The news that Howell Public Schools Superintendent Erin MacGregor will be grand marshal of this year’s Fantasy of Lights Parade is wonderful indeed; earlier this year, MacGregor was also honored as Howell’s Citizen of the Year.
This is the first time in Howell’s history that its top two community honors were bestowed on one person in one year, which puts MacGregor in a class all his own; if you ask me, that’s precisely where he belongs.
As someone who has covered this community for three decades, I assure you that we are blessed, blessed, blessed to have MacGregor at the helm of the Howell schools. These are weird, wild times, and MacGregor — along with his staff and the Howell Public Schools Board of Education — are navigating as gracefully as humanly possible a seemingly never-ending minefield of parental pressure as they work to keep education going during the pandemic.
MacGregor’s selection to lead the Fantasy of Lights Parade — which is returning after its 2020 pandemic gap year — was announced at Friday’s Highlander football game.
The double honors that put MacGregor in a class all his own also signal how much the community at large values him, and how much it appreciates his leadership (especially during these trying times), knowledge, vision, and commitment to Howell’s students, as well as his boundless energy, good humor, and generous spirit.
Join me in extending Howell Public Schools Superintendent Erin MacGregor the heartiest of congratulations.
The Fantasy of Lights takes place in downtown Howell on the Friday after Thanksgiving.