- Sponsorship -

Town halls give residents chance to weigh in on next superintendent

Residents will have four opportunities next week to have input on the next superintendent of Grand Rapids Public Schools. Town hall meetings are being held Monday through Thursday, Nov. 26-29...


Residents will have four opportunities next week to have input on the next superintendent of Grand Rapids Public Schools. Town hall meetings are being held Monday through Thursday, Nov. 26-29, for people to share their thoughts on the characteristics they’d like to see in a new schools chief to succeed Teresa Weatherall Neal, who will retire at the end of June 2019.

Meetings are scheduled from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Nov. 26 at City High Middle, 1720 Plainfield Ave NE
  • Nov. 27 at Union High, 1800 Tremont Blvd. NW
  • Nov. 28 at Cesar E. Chavez Elementary, 1205 Grandville Ave SW
  • Nov. 29 at Gerald R. Ford Academic Center, 851 Madison Ave SE
  • Dec. 3 at City High Middle, 1720 Plainfield Ave NE

People unable to attend or who would like to contribute additional thoughts are invited to provide their input online.

“We want to accommodate as many people and as much input as possible,” said Kent ISD Superintendent Ron Caniff.

Kent ISD leaders are also scheduling meetings with community organizations to ensure the broadest possible participation. All the meetings will help the GRPS Board of Education “carefully define the characteristics most desired in our next superintendent,” said board member Tony Baker, who is guiding the community input effort.

“Teresa Neal has provided strong leadership during seven years as superintendent,” Baker said. “Part of her success was in listening and responding to community needs. As a board, we want to continue that leadership trait by making sure our community has ample opportunity to express their thoughts about our district and its next leader.”

- Sponsorship -
Charles Honey
Charles Honey
Charles Honey is editor-in-chief of SNN, and covers Rockford and Grand Rapids. As a reporter for The Grand Rapids Press/mLive from 1985 to 2009, his beats included Grand Rapids Public Schools, local colleges and education issues. Honey served as editor of The Press’ award-winning Religion section for 15 years and its columnist for 20. His freelance articles have appeared in Christianity Today, Religion News Service and Faith & Leadership magazine. Read Charles' full bio

LATEST ARTICLES

School library renamed in honor of ‘a true educator’

In her 12 years as principal of the former Henry Park Elementary School, she fixed many problems – both academic and material – for her largely impoverished students...

‘It really represents this year’

A pandemic year of missed events and safety protocols calls for a unique vision for the annual book of memories...

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Related Articles

- Sponsorship -

Issues in Education

Students feel welcome in a district with ‘flags of every country’

In the state’s most diverse district, students weigh in on what it means to them to go to school with peers from all over the globe...

SNN Editorial

Gauging the fallout from the pandemic on learning

While parents and educators use assessments to determine many kinds of student learning, a local researcher urges caution with testing from the pandemic year...
- Sponsorship -

MEDIA PARTNERS

Maranda Where You LiveWGVU

SUSTAINING SPONSORS