GRPS board narrows list of superintendent candidates to three

From left, Dr. Erick D. Pruitt, Dr. Leadriane Roby, and Dr. Darrin Slade

The Grand Rapids Board of Education will meet Feb. 17 to interview three candidates as the next possible GRPS superintendent, after narrowing the field from five Monday night.

After interviewing all five candidates on Saturday, Feb. 8, the board on Monday voted to hold second interviews with three of them: 

Dr. Erick D. Pruitt, deputy chief of high schools for Chicago Public Schools, where he has also served as a network chief of schools and elementary principal. He previously was an area superintendent with the Houston Independent School District.

Dr. Leadriane Roby, assistant superintendent of Richfield Public Schools in Richfield, Minnesota since 2014. Roby previously was an assistant superintendent and principal in Minneapolis Public Schools, and a principal in Covert Public Schools in Michigan.

Dr. Darrin Slade, assistant superintendent of school leadership for Kansas City Public Schools in Kansas City, Missouri since 2018. He also served as a principal in District of Columbia Public Schools from 2002 to 2018. 

These candidates will visit the district next Monday, Feb 17, for a second round of interviews, which are open to the public. The board scheduled a meeting for Monday, Feb. 24 to make its final choice to succeed Teresa Weatherall Neal, who retired last June. Ronald Gorman has been serving as interim superintendent since then. 

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Charles Honey
Charles Honey is a freelance writer and former columnist for The Grand Rapids Press/ MLive.com. As a reporter for The Press 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. His freelance articles have appeared in Christianity Today magazine, Religion News Service and the Aquinas College alumni magazine. Read Charles' full bio or email Charles.

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