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Board names interim superintendent to succeed Polston

Appointment allows time for search for permanent position

Godfrey-Lee — The Godfrey-Lee Public Schools Board of Education has tapped Dirk Weeldreyer to take over as interim superintendent, beginning July 1. Weeldreyer will succeed current superintendent Kevin Polston, who is leaving to become superintendent at neighboring Kentwood Public Schools.

Weeldreyer is expected to serve for six months, to allow the district time to complete a thorough search process for a full-time superintendent. 

“We are excited to have an excellent and established leader to support the district through this time of transition,” board President Eric Mockerman said in a press release. “It was important for the Board to have stability for the fall as we plan for a full return to in-person learning and recovery efforts for our students.”

Weeldreyer currently serves as the executive director of the School Equity Caucus, a statewide organization of approximately 200 school districts that works for equitable school funding. He has nearly 20 years of school leadership experience, including nine years as superintendent of Fennville Public Schools and interim superintendent roles at both Caledonia Community Schools and Muskegon Public Schools. 

“(Godfrey-Lee Public Schools) has a well-deserved reputation for providing an outstanding educational experience for its students, and the many similarities between my previous district, Fennville, and Godfrey-Lee make me feel right at home,” said Weeldreyer. “I look forward to building relationships with the staff, students, families and community as we continue to provide an excellent education for our children.”

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Beth Heinen Bell
Beth Heinen Bell is a reporter and copy editor, covering Rockford, Lowell, Grandville and Cedar Springs. She is an award-winning journalist who got her start as the education reporter for the Grand Haven Tribune. A Calvin University graduate, she later returned to her alma mater to help manage its national writing festival and edit and write for enrollment communications. Beth has also written for The Grand Rapids Press, Fox 17 and several West Michigan businesses and nonprofits. She is fascinated by the nuances of language, loves to travel and has strong feelings about the Oxford comma. Read Beth's full bio

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