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Kent ISD seeks input on future superintendent

Kent ISD — The search for the new Kent ISD superintendent is underway with the Kent ISD Board of Education seeking input from the community about what skills and attributes they would like the next superintendent to have. 

After 30-plus years in education, eight as the Kent ISD superintendent, Ron Caniff retired in December. Ron Koehler is serving as interim superintendent. 

The Kent ISD Superintendent Search Stakeholder Survey consists of 14 questions and takes about 10 minutes to complete. It asks participants to consider and rate the education level, experience, expertise, skills, and characteristics they feel are important to have in a Kent ISD superintendent. The anonymous survey is open to all community members — residents, business leaders, teachers, and Kent ISD staff. 

The survey is available here: in English and Español. It must be completed by Sunday, Jan. 31.

The data from the survey will be compiled to build a profile that will be used in the superintendent search. The process is being facilitated by the Michigan Association of School Boards. 

Applications for the Kent ISD superintendent are being accepted through March 15. The Kent ISD board’s goal is to have a new superintendent in place by July 1.

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Joanne Bailey-Boorsma
Joanne Bailey-Boorsma
Joanne Bailey-Boorsma is a reporter covering Kent ISD, Godwin Heights, Kelloggsville, Forest Hills and Comstock Park. The salutatorian for the Hartland Public Schools class of 1985, she changed her colors from blue and maize to green and white by attending Michigan State University, where she majored in journalism. Joanne moved to the Grand Rapids area in 1989, where she started her journalism career at the Advance Newspapers. She later became the editor for On-the-Town magazine, a local arts and entertainment publication. Her eldest daughter is a nurse, working in Holland, and her youngest attends Oakland University. Both are graduates from Byron Center High School. She is a volunteer for the Van Singel Fine Arts Advisory Board and the Kent District Library. In her free time, Joanne enjoys spending time with her family, checking out local theater and keeping up with all the exchange students they have hosted through the years. Read Joanne's full bio


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