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New schools chief seen as ‘incredible fit’ for district


Pete Bush, who has served the last four years as superintendent of Coloma Community Schools, will replace retiring Sparta Superintendent Gordie Nickels.

At a special board meeting June 5, Bush was selected by the Sparta Board of Education to serve as the next superintendent. He was slated to sign a contract at a board meeting on Thursday, June 21.

“It was clear Mr. Bush was an incredible fit for the candidate profile we developed,” said board President Andy Jensen “The unanimous decision to offer the job to Mr. Bush is the result of several months of work by the board. There was tremendous support and input from staff, students, parents and community members. We are all anxious to welcome the Bush family to the Sparta community.”

Prior to his position with Coloma schools, Bush worked as high school principal for Coopersville Area Public Schools for seven years.  He holds a master’s degree in athletic administration and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics education, both from Central Michigan University.

“I am extremely honored and humbled by the opportunity to lead Sparta Area Schools,” said Bush. “I look forward to working with the board and the staff to serve the students and community.”

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Janice Holst
Janice Holst is a reporter covering Kent City and Sparta. She has been both a teacher and a journalist. A former MLive reporter, she wrote features and covered local government and schools for Advance Newspapers for nearly two decades. She also was a recipe columnist and wrote features for Mature Life Style and occasional entertainment pieces for On The Town magazines. She lives in Sparta Township and enjoys spending some of her retirement hours writing the stories of the northern Kent County school districts. Read Janice's full bio

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