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Three to interview for Godfrey-Lee superintendent post

Godfrey Lee After receiving completed applications from 14 educators in Michigan, Illinois and as far as California and Canada, the Godfrey Lee Board of Education has selected three candidates for a first round of interviews.

The interviews will be conducted on Tuesday, Nov. 9 and Wednesday, Nov. 10 at the Godfrey-Lee Early Childhood Center. They are open to the public and students, staff, families and community members are encouraged to attend. 

Dr. Michael Burde, current deputy superintendent at Kenowa Hills Public Schools, will interview at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9, followed at 8 p.m. by Brevet Bartels, current middle school principal at West Ottawa Public Schools, at 8 p.m.

Ana Aleman-Putman, current principal at East Elementary in Grandville Public Schools, will interview at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10.

“We were pleased with the applicant pool and interest demonstrated in the Godfrey-Lee Public Schools, especially with all the difficulty facing school districts during the pandemic,” said Board President Eric Mockerman. “We believe these quality candidates may meet our needs and expectations and look forward to finding out more about their leadership abilities and what each candidate has to offer our students, staff, and community.”

The Board of Education hopes the public will continue providing input and attend the interviews. Their hope is to have the new superintendent in place by Jan. 3. with some flexibility. 

Interim Superintendent Dirk Weeldreyer will continue to serve  Godfrey-Lee Schools throughout the superintendent search and assist the board and the Michigan Leadership Institute in the process. 

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Alexis Stark
Alexis Stark is a reporter, covering Caledonia, Kenowa Hills, Godfrey-Lee, Grand Rapids and is a roving reporter for GRCC, Wyoming, Kentwood and Byron Center. She grew up in metro Detroit and her journalism journey brought her west to Grand Rapids via Michigan State University where she covered features and campus news for The State News. She also co-authored three 100-question guides to increase understanding and awareness of various human identities, through the MSU School of Journalism. Following graduation, she worked as a beat reporter for The Ann Arbor News - covering stories on education, community, prison arts and poetry.  Following a stint as a copywriter for a Grand Rapids area PR firm, she transitioned from communications to freelance writing and reporting for SNN. Read Alexis' full bio

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