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Six to interview for superintendent position

Kentwood The Kentwood Public Schools Board of Education has selected six candidates for first-round interviews for the superintendent position.

The posting for the position received 31 applicants, according to information from the Michigan Association of School Boards. Superintendent Michael Zoerhof is retiring June 30 after eight years in the role.

Scheduled interviews are:

Wednesday, April 28

6 p.m.- Tracy Reed, chief academic officer at Fort Wayne Community Schools, in Indiana

7 p.m.- Marcus Davenport, superintendent of Beecher Community Schools

8 p.m.- Kevin Polston, superintendent of Godfrey-Lee Public Schools 

Thursday, April 29

6 p.m. – Evan Hordyk, executive director of secondary education at Kentwood Public Schools

7 p.m.- Nkenge Bergan, director of student services at Kalamazoo Public Schools

8 p.m. – Jamie Gordon, executive director of human resources for Kentwood Public Schools

Interviews will be held in person, with appropriate social distancing, at the Kentwood Administration Building, 5820 Eastern Ave.

Community members, staff and students are encouraged to watch the interviews live online. See the district website for viewing instructions and more information. There will be an option for limited in-person seating and viewing opportunities at the Administration Building during the interviews. To accommodate proper social distancing, the Board of Education asks that those who intend to attend the interviews in person RSVP to  interviews@kentwoodps.org.

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Erin Albanese
Erin Albanese is associate managing editor and reporter, covering Byron Center, Kentwood, Wyoming and Grand Rapids Community College. She was one of the original SNN staff writers, helping launch the site in 2013 and enjoys fulfilling the mission of sharing the stories of public education. She has worked as a journalist in the Grand Rapids area since 2000. A graduate of Central Michigan University, she has written for The Grand Rapids Press, Advance Newspapers, On-the-Town Magazine and Group Tour Media. Read Erin's full bio

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